Thanks to those who continue to support us!
On Thursday, April 14, 2011 the Senate joined the House of Representatives in voting to keep the government funded until September 30, 2011. For the 2011 Federal budget, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the central source of funding for Community Action Agencies in the United States was reduced by 2.9% to $680 million. While Community Action has crossed its first budget hurdle with minimal cuts, there will be many more to come.
The 2012 Budget Battle:
The Administration and Congress are still proposing devastating cuts and changes to Community Action for fiscal year 2012 (FY12) beginning October 1, 2011. These cuts will dismantle the Community Action Network that millions of citizens rely on. Anti-poverty agencies nationwide will be hit hard if these changes go through. More important, critical services for low-income families will be lost.
All of the info about cuts and a petition to sign to protest them can be found at www.capworks.org.
Last year we served 2,675 low-income Boston residents. This included:
- 195 Youth Received Summer Jobs
- 782 Households Received Emergency Food
- 454 Individuals Received Free Tax Assistance
- 170 Households Received Emergency Fuel Assistance
- 280 Individuals Received Emergency Legal Assistance For Immigration
- 30 Students Graduated from our ESOL Class
In our neighborhood, if ABCD Parker Hill /Fenway’s CSBG funding were cut, the families that we serve would be drastically impacted. Imagine:
A crowd of teens standing at Roxbury Crossing without jobs, no additional income to provide for their families, or places to learn work skills.
Senior citizens alone in their homes with nowhere to engage in activities with their friends and no one to screen them for high blood pressure, teach them how to deal with their chronic illness or eat on a budget.
A single mother with a sick child whose heat has been turned off, with no one to help her set up a payment plan to get back on track with paying the bills.
A parent who had to use all of their income to pay their rent and bills and has nothing left to spend on food for his or her children.
A low income client who has lost out on thousands of dollars of earned income credit because their tax preparer didn’t screen for it, or who had been a victim of identity theft but did not know it because no one pulled her or her credit report.
A new immigrant with a strong desire to learn English and become a United States citizen who has nowhere to assist her with this complicated process.
Passing by Roxbury Crossing looking for the anti-poverty agency that has helped combat poverty for over 40 years, and our doors being closed.
Who will these people turn to? Help us keep this from becoming a reality.
Please learn more about how you can help at www.capworks.org. Please sign our petition, donate to us, and/or write a letter of support. Any bit of help counts.