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Act Now on Federal Sequestration – Programs for Survivors of Domestic Violence at Risk!

Federal inaction with regard to debt ceiling negotiations has led to sequestration that will impact essential funds for survivors of domestic violence!

Sequestration is the process of automatic, across-the-board cuts to both defense spending and non-defense programs (such as housing, social services and transportation) that will take effect on March 1st if Congress does not determine a different course of action. Sequestration was meant to be a policy of “last resort” resulting from the failure of the Deficit Reduction Supercommittee to reach consensus on how to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.

These cuts will have severe consequences on programs that are already underfunded and serve our most vulnerable citizens. For example:

  • Sequestration will cut funding for the US Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women by roughly $20 million this year!
  • Sequestration will impact the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has reported that this will result in the removal of 100,000 formerly homeless people from housing and emergency shelter. This includes thousands of survivors of domestic violence in need of housing to become safe from abuse!
  • In Pennsylvania sequestration will cut $4.4 million in funds that support disabled and formerly homeless adults— including victims of domestic violence — and their families in permanent and transitional housing programs.
  • Philadelphia alone will lose close to $1.5 million of housing dollars through HUD McKinney Vento.

These cuts cannot stand and are again putting our country’s most vulnerable citizens at risk.

What you can do:

Call your Senators and Congressional House members TODAY and speak out against this policy that would dilute the safety net of housing and critical services for survivors of domestic violence.

Tell them that any alternate deficit reduction plan implemented in place of sequestration should not destroy the safety net of programs serving the most vulnerable by cutting non-defense discretionary spending.

The lives of the families we serve depend on it.

Find your Federal Legislator here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials