Now that the Federal Government has has shut down, we need to show its impact on our clients and communities. We are asking you to contact your federal representatives to share what the cuts will mean to them and their families!
To find your U.S. Congressman:
To find your U.S. Senator:
As of October 1st, our federal government was unable to reach an agreement on a new federal budget and began to withhold funding for domestic programs such as CSBG, WIC, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, Meals on Wheels, CDBG, food stamps, HUD Housing, job training, etc.
your voice to Congress by telling them to "OPEN UP" the U.S. Government!
- Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are on the front lines of seeing the impact that the
shutdown of the federal government is having on our most vulnerable populations
– poor men, women, and children who depend upon the services we provide to have
some of their basic needs met.
- The services that CAAs provide are often critical to the working poor – for
instance, our Head Start programs allow parents to work and fuel assistance
programs that allow the disabled and the elderly to keep warm/cool in their
- This shutdown threatens the ability of CAAs to provide these critical services, and
the threat will be compounded the longer the shutdown continues.
- Agencies have committed to working as hard as they can to keep programs such as Head
Start, fuel assistance, and WIC operating for as long as they can. But as
the shutdown continues, agencies may be forced to delay taking calls for the
fuel assistance program or lay off staff that helps to operate it.
- Lawmakers must understand the impact that this kind of an action has on people –
including their own constituents – who are often without a voice. We
believe that the priority of legislators should be to focus on the human
- CAAs and other agencies that help the poor have faced continuous threats to their
funding over the past several months – the impact of sequestration and the
passage of a Farm Bill by the House of Representatives that include draconian
cuts to food stamps. This shutdown is only the latest in a series of
efforts made by some in Congress to hurt programs that help the poor.
- If the shutdown is prolonged, we will see a ripple effect in the economy.
That means it is possible that we’ll be visited by more and more people in need
of our services at a time when some in Congress are limiting the resources we
have to help.
- We hope that this shutdown will end quickly and we also hope that we will see a
commitment to helping the most vulnerable in our society, both in terms of
providing them with the basic services they need but also with the kinds of
programs, which CAAs offer, which help them achieve financial and social
CSBG MAKES THE CONNECTION
CSBG is the glue that allows community action to operate other anti-poverty prorgams, including Head Start, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Prorgam, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Prorgam, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, to have more of an impact. In addition, CSBG is the only federal progam focused on offering comprehensive services to help Americans achieve economic security.
YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
In addition to model letters, videos, press
stories, twitter feeds, and instructions to contact our federal elected
officials, we have started blog feeds on issues affecting Community
Action. We welcome your stories and
pictures on the site as well! If you
would like to send us information, please email us at
In addition, we urge you donate to the National
Community Action Foundation’s (NCAF) Community Action Political Action
Committee (CAP-PAC). Your financial
contributions allow the NCAF Executive Director the valuable opportunity to
network and insure that CSBG is a priority for members of Congress.
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