EDISON - A women's shelter in North Jersey says it is struggling to keep its doors open. Strengthen Our Sisters is a shelter in North Jersey that provides domestic violence victims a place to stay. It also provides computer classes, job training and counseling. The shelter says it has lost about $450,000 in funding from the state's Department of Children and Families (DCF), making operating very difficult.

A spokesperson for DCF says the money is for emergency shelters and Strengthen Our Sisters doesn't qualify because it allows women to stay longer than 60 days. The shelter contends that emergency situations sometimes last longer than that.