In February, President Obama threatened to cut funding to Community Action Agencies nationwide in order to balance our country's budget. When that announcement was made, we began to work feverishly to inform and educate Valley representatives about what the proposed cut would mean to Fresno County’s working poor and low-income communities: fewer resources for programs that educate and train our workforce, minimal help available to runaway and homeless youth and young adults, and fewer resources for health services programs, to name a few.
As Congress debates the federal budget, we are hopeful that our representatives see the need for the programs and services we offer and reject the President's proposed cuts to Community Services Block Grants (CSBG). Without this funding, EOC will be forced to reduce, or potentially eliminate, many of the programs that have helped struggling individuals and families stay afloat. In these difficult economic times, it is crucial for agencies like ours to have resources available for seniors struggling on fixed incomes, and those who have lost their livelihood and are now finding themselves in a new economic class.
Without CSBG, EOC's ability to develop and build new programs and respond to emerging needs would be significantly reduced. CSBG-funded programs pay off many times over as they get people working and paying taxes, prevent expensive emergency shelter placements and keep low-income community residents off the unemployment and welfare rolls, at huge savings to taxpayers.
We are working tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our community, but need your help! We encourage you to contact your representative and urge them to vote against cuts to CSBG.