Southwest Key could reopen shelters for immigrant kids in Arizona

Southwest Key could reopen shelters for immigrant kids in Arizona
(Source: Facebook/southwestkeyprograms)

PHOENIX (AP) — A provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse.

Southwest Key has filed applications to reopen a facility in downtown Phoenix and one in an outer suburb where employees were investigated for child abuse but never charged.

The nonprofit filed the applications in June and July.

Spokesman Neil Nowlin said in a statement that Southwest Key has resolved the issues that led to the closing of the shelters and that there is a continuing need for beds to house immigrant children.

The organization is contracted by the government to house young people who came to the country alone or were separated from a relative.