The President’s Proposed FY18 Budget Information

FY18 Blueprint Budget
List of Proposed Cuts (Boston Globe)
What Trump Cut in his Budget (Washington Post, March 16, 2017)


Understanding the Impact

Cutting the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) will not only adversely affect thousands of residents of Massachusetts, but will also remove millions of dollars from communities across the Commonwealth. It will devastate vulnerable men, women, and children while also weakening communities as a whole.

Similarly, eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and weatherization programs will hurt low income families struggling through winters in New England, and will create a public health hazard in cities and towns across Massachusetts.

Community Action Agencies are on the front lines, and we see the struggles that families living in low income neighborhoods face.  This proposed budget harms America and Massachusetts in specific.

If passed, this budget will have severe impact on thousands of residents of Massachusetts and the communities they live in.  In all likelihood, many Community Action Agencies would have to shut their doors, stranding the thousands of men, women, and children who rely on our services for basic needs.  As importantly, we help thousands of individuals access the kinds of services that allow them financial self-sufficiency.  Gutting the programs that help Community Action Agencies will not eliminate poverty – it will only make the challenges that low income families face worse.

The President’s budget would have a devastating impact on the people we serve.  Here is information about how many people we serve in several different ways now – people we would not be able to serve under the President’s budget.

  • CAAs serve approximately 600,000 individuals, more than 330,000 families in Massachusetts, including more than 180,000 children
  • A majority of the families that CAAs serve have an income but still need assistance
  • More than 3,000 of the individuals we serve were unemployed but obtained a job
  • More than 5,000 of the individuals served obtained the skills that they needed to get a job
  • Approximately 30,000 parents from across the Commonwealth obtained child care
  • More than 8,500 children were served in a Head Start child care program
  • More than 48,000 men, women, and children received emergency food assistance
  • More than 48,000 men, women, and children received food or utility payments
  • Approximately 175,000 individuals received emergency fuel assistance
  • More than 19,000 tax payers received free tax prep accessing tax credits, bringing back more than $32M
  • More than 720,000 volunteer hours are donated annually, including 605,000 hours donated by the people we serve
  • CAAs distributed more than 3.3 million pounds of food

In short, thousands of people across the state will not only lose access to basic necessities, like fuel assistance during the winter and emergency food when they are hungry, but will also lose services – like free tax preparation, child care and job training – that will help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Such actions would be catastrophic for thousands of people in Massachusetts and the towns and cities they live in.