Proposed Budget Cuts Will Be Devastating To Those Who Rely On Them
Barrio Action Youth & Family Center rallied at the Downtown Federal Building on a rainy March 23rd against Republican proposed budget cuts and the H.R.1 bill. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, other federal and local elected officials, community activists, and hundreds of protestors attended the rally sponsored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. "Instead of focusing on job creation, the Republican plan to indiscriminately slash spending will likely undermine the nation’s economic recovery. At a time when our Angelinos can least afford it, Republicans want to devastate key programs that get people back to work, keep our communities healthy, and put roofs over our heads," the Congresswoman said. Congress has proposed up to $2 billion in budget cuts to the L.A. region.
Along side Barrio Action at the rally were FamilySource Center partners Plaza de la Raza and Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Youth and families participating in FamilySource programs also came to show support. A single mother spoke on behalf of FamilySource Centers about all the resources available to her through the Center such as parenting classes, computer classes and free tax help and the numerous opportunities for youth like tutoring and team sports.
Barrio Action has served over 2,000 people this year. Free programs and events like our annual Thanksgiving dinner, the Halloween Party and Piñta Festival, summer youth program, tax help, legal services, tutoring and homework assistance programs, domestic violence groups, substance abuse groups, job support programs, and computer literacy classes would all be effected by the H.R.1 bill. If H.R.1 is passed the results will be devastating for the people who rely on these programs. The nutrition program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) will lose funding, as will Planned Parenthood. The budget of the National Institute of Health (NIH) will be reduced by $1 billion, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lose 25% of its funding. And this is just naming a few of the life-saving programs that will be wiped out. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which funds FamilySource Centers, would suffer a loss of $48.7 million, affecting homeless services, domestic violence shelter operations programs, and youth recreation and nutrition programs, as well as special activities by community based development organizations such as GRYD’s (Gang Reduction Youth Development) Summer Night Lights, Day Laborer, Clean and Green, and FamilySource Centers. FamilySource Centers assist low-income families in increasing family income/economic resources and increasing youth academic achievements. Core services include multi-benefit screening, employment support, financial literacy workshops, legal services, parenting classes, childcare, computer literacy classes, and youth services. Cuts would lead to the closure of three FamilySource Centers, resulting in 7,500 fewer low-income City residents having access to services. Barrio Action’s goal is to continue to provide the same quality life-changing services with less money to work with. In the 34 years we have served the community, we have weathered many economic storms and always managed to continue providing support to the community.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to help save your community and our youth from yet more economic and educational hardship, write a letter telling your congressperson to preserve funding for the social services that have been crucial in providing opportunities and saving lives. Tell your congressperson to vote "No" on the current H.R.1 bill.
Representing El Sereno is Congressman Xavier Becerra.
The 31st Congressional District office:
1910 Sunset Blvd, Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
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