The home is purchased, furnished and ready to be occupied, right down to the groceries already stocked in the fridge — since October. But the six young men eager to occupy the group home are now in limbo since the state of New York put the brakes on a plan to open the home citing state budget concerns, reports The Buffalo News.

The incident is not isolated. Group homes across the country are being closed and plans for new residences are being halted in these bleak economic times. Meanwhile, already long waiting lists for group homes continue to grow.

However, amid all the glum news there is at least one bright spot. A group home in Illinois was to be closed because the non-profit that runs it could not afford it any longer (see here). But thanks to $55,500 in private donations, the home will remain open, The Wall Street Journal reports. To read more click here.

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