Feb 14, 2011
Local food banks and other community service’s core funding may be cut by 60% this year. For 2011, a budget bill currently being proposed in the House of Representatives will potentially cut Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) by 60%, essentially meaning that the current year funding would be cut immediately by 60%. Also, President Obama is proposing a 50% cut to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) in 2012.
"Cuts of this magnitude would be devastating to our communities and the services our most vulnerable children, families and elders must have to meet essential needs. This couldn’t come at a worse time as those needing services has really grown during this prolonged economic downturn. We need to get immediate,community-wide support for Community Action and CSBG through letters to President Obama and our Congressional delegations,” said Lisa Stoddard, Exec Director of CAP - Lewiston, ID.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) that serves 10 north Idaho counties and Asotin County in Washington is urging business owners, faith leaders and elected officials to contact their Senators and Representatives in Congress immediately. Stoddard is providing the names and addresses of Idaho and Washington congressional delegations, a sample letter, and an impact statement explaining who and what services would be effected. All letters should be addressed to your senator or representative but sent to Community Action Partnership, c/o "Lisa Stoddard" <l [dot] stoddard [at] cap4action [dot] org>, 124 New 6th Street, Lewiston, ID 83501 before Friday, February 18th.
Community Action Partnership serves Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, Latah, Lewis, Idaho, Clearwater, and Nez Perce Counties in Idaho and Asotin County in Washington.
In 2010, Community Action Partnership served 45,489 unduplicated individuals of which:
And, Community Action Partnership provided:
For more information visit the website of our local Community Action Partnership.
Source: Community Action Partnership – Email Appeal, Feb 14, 2011