The most vulnerable communities in America will be the first to bear the brunt of the consequences of this damaging shut-down.
January 8, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2018
Contact: Ishena Robinson
Shriver Center Urges Congress to Re-Open Government, Fund Critical Services for People Living in Poverty & Other Vulnerable Americans
CHICAGO—Federal programs that provide basic assistance and essential services for millions of people and families across America are at risk as a result of the government shutdown, which is now entering its third week. The most vulnerable communities in America will be the first to bear the brunt of the consequences of this damaging shut-down, and people living in poverty are forecasted to have difficulty accessing housing, food, and other critical supports should the shutdown continue into February:
The government has a responsibility to serve the well-being of the people it governs. The welfare of our nation’s most vulnerable should not be held hostage to the creation of a non-essential “wall” to keep out immigrants seeking opportunities in America, a proposal that is largely based on racism and xenophobia rather than fact-based policy.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law calls on Congress and the President to resolve this untenable situation by re-opening the government and passing a budget that funds programs critical to people living in poverty and to the entire country.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org