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Hot Springs Homeless Shelter Justifies Kicking Out Women

Monique Murphy spent nearly a month in the home. She is a mother of four, and said she was kicked out of the shelter because of a clash with staff.
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- Safe Haven Shelter for Women and Children opened its doors in April of 2013.  Organizers believe dozens and dozens of women have been helped by the only women's homeless shelter in Hot Springs.  But some women think its doing more harm than good.

Monique Murphy spent nearly a month in the home.  She is a mother of four, and said she was kicked out of the shelter because of a clash with staff.

"We cried, because I didn't know what was next, what would be next for me and my children," she said. "It's a big step, you wouldn't want to do that, but to have to do it, and to be treated undignified in the process, that's not good."

Murphy is not alone. The shelter confirms at least four women have been kicked out. 

Chairman of the Board, Steve Willis, said it's all about rules that aren't being followed.

"Every organization, every shelter, every housing authority, every place people are gathering, there are rules and regulations," he said. "Safe Haven is no different."

Willis said the rules range from curfew to being proactive in their situation.

"Without rules, we've got anarchy," he said. "We are not much help to people if we are constantly in chaos, if we are constantly in disorder."

A second woman said she was kicked out of the home because of three rules violation. 

"I have never been charged with a crime, but they treat the women there like they are in prison," she said.

Willis assured Fox 16 that these women know the rules before they are allowed to join the shelter. 
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