In the name of reducing the deficit, the Obama Administration has proposed cuts and changes to Community Action Councils across the country. Anti-poverty agencies nationwide will be hit hard if these changes go through. More important, critical services for low-income families will be lost.
WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION TRYING TO DO?
The Obama Administration has proposed the elimination of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the central source of funding for Community Action Agencies in the United States.
WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?
CSBG is the ONLY federal program focused on comprehensive services to fight poverty. If it is eliminated, more than a thousand Community Action Agencies across the country will be forced to slash programs, or even to shut their doors.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
It is essential that President Obama and the Congress hear from communities all across America. We need to let our national leaders know that Community Action is important to us. You can call or email the President and your representatives in Congress. Tell them how Community Action has made a difference in your life. And encourage others to do the same!
One might argue that “desperate times call for desperate measures.” However, the portion of the budget that Congress and the Administration are going after is such a miniscule part of the problem that the only result will be to SEVERELY hurt the most vulnerable among us, while leaving the biggest portions of the budget untouched.
Watch this video to get an idea of what this really means: