Sequester cuts impact programs for most vulnerable groups locally

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Central New York Citizens in Action advocates are calling for a repeal of sequestration and a cancellation for some of the $85 billion dollars in federal funding cuts.

Several community agencies came together Monday at the Utica Public Library to call on local elected officials to repeal sequestration and support measures like closing tax loopholes.

Representatives for the Central New York Citizens in Action said there are other options for cutting costs that do not effect the poor, disabled, aged, children, and other vulnerable groups.

As it stands, sequestration cuts $26,000,000 to Head Start programs.
That means 4,300 children lose services.

Child Care Assistance will see $5,413,564 go away. That means 2,300 disadvantaged children would lose access to childcare.

Childhood Vaccinations lose $490,000 in funding. 7,170 fewer children will receive vaccines.

Senior Nutrition (Meals on Wheels) programs will lose $3,068,683.61.

Another large cut to the vulnerable: Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. 35,700 cases will be cut.

Also, Rental Assistance: $77,117,948. According to CNY Citizens in Action, this means, more than 100,000 formerly homeless people could be removed from their current housing and emergency shelter programs.

Because the Greater Utica Region has such a large population of poor, and elderly, the cuts could be devastating according to the groups.

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