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The emergency housing for unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base is closing, according to a statement from the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

Three temporary shelters were set up at JBSA-Lackland, Fort Sill Army Base and Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme in May and early June, according to the release. The served more than 7,700 children since their opening.

The HHS's Administration for Children and Families said they will be suspending the temporary facilities "to prudently manage its resources."

The statement says the closings were made possible because of the proactive expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are less costly.

Ft. Sill will no longer care for children as soon as August 8 and the other two facilitates will continue to phase down over the next two to eight weeks, according to the statement.

Looking forward, there remains substantial uncertainty about the future flows of unaccompanied children. In order to balance managing costs with limited available resources and remaining prepared for sudden increases in the number of children needing care, HHS's Administration for Children and Families plans to continue caring for unaccompanied children through a combination of standard shelters and surge capacity shelters. In the near-term, the three temporary shelters on military bases could be re-opened for a limited time if the number of children increases significantly.

The HHS's Administration for Children and families cares for unaccompanied children apprehended by immigration authorities until they can be released to sponsors such as family members, according to the release.

Full statement:

HHS's Administration for Children and Families cares for unaccompanied children who are apprehended by immigration authorities until they can be released to sponsors, typically family members, who can care for them safely and appropriately while their immigration case proceeds.

HHS/ACF has traditionally cared for these children in standard shelters operated by nonprofit organizations, many of which are faith-based, located around the country.

In May and early June, HHS/ACF opened three temporary shelters on military bases to handle the large increase in unaccompanied children being apprehended by immigration authorities. The temporary shelters at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Fort Sill Army Base, and Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme have played a critical role in the humanitarian response, providing care to more than 7,700 children since opening. The Department of Defense has been an exemplary partner in this humanitarian response.

To prudently manage its resources, HHS's Administration for Children and Families will be suspending these temporary facilities. We are able to take this step because we have proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are significantly less costly facilities. At the same time, we have seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the southwest border.

As a result, we expect the Ft. Sill facility to no longer be caring for children by August 8. The other two facilities will also continue to phase down and we expect them to end operations over the next two to eight weeks. The Department of Defense has been an exemplary partner in this humanitarian response.

Looking forward, there remains substantial uncertainty about the future flows of unaccompanied children. In order to balance managing costs with limited available resources and remaining prepared for sudden increases in the number of children needing care, HHS's Administration for Children and Families plans to continue caring for unaccompanied children through a combination of standard shelters and surge capacity shelters. In the near-term, the three temporary shelters on military bases could be re-opened for a limited time if the number of children increases significantly.

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