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President Barack Obama, during his State of the Union address, stated that federal cuts to the Community Services Block Grant funding are part of a unique opportunity to “right our fiscal ship and begin to reduce our massive deficits and debt.” Cutting this program support for community action agencies is an attack on over 20.7 million income-limited children, seniors, veterans and families across the country. This is unreasonable and unacceptable.

CSBG funds the Community Action network — 1,100 nonprofit service providers nationwide, 24 of which are in Massachusetts. It’s one of the most significant and comprehensive approaches by the federal government to provide a safety net and build economic security for struggling Americans. Worcester Community Action Council receives this funding and currently services over 72,000 people in 49 Central Massachusetts communities.

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