Saturday, March 2, 2013

State Social Services Anticipate Sequester Hits

The one piece of good news for Indiana coming out of the sequester implementation is that unemployment benefits won't be cut immediately, meaning that 32,000 Hoosiers will continue to receive a benefit. Social services may not be so lucky. Head Start may have to eliminate services for about 1,000 children. Meals on Wheels would lose about $820,000. “That might mean that we aren’t able to start new people on the service,” said Orion Bell, president of CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, which oversees government funds for programs in central Indiana. About 500 people would not receive domestic violence services because the majority of funds come from the federal government, according to Laura Berry, executive director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She says Indiana's domestic violence programs and shelters in Indiana are already turning people away. You can read more here.