17 Jun 2013

Tight economic times for American Samoa care facility

6:40 pm on 17 June 2013

The chairman of the only facility in American Samoa providing 24-hour care to disabled children, the elderly and terminally ill says it is getting harder to remain financially viable.

David Robinson says Hope House, which does not receive any local government funding, is finding it difficult to compete with other groups wanting community support, while federal grants are harder to get with Washington tightening its belt.

"It is becoming difficult these days, everybody knows that things in the economy are not as great as they perhaps could be and we are feeling the squeeze as well too in the Hope House."

David Robinson says that Hope House relies heavily on public donations and he hopes a planned charity golf tournament will help.