Other victims of the shutdown

HU-249913260

Some of these women will suffer terribly, others may possibly die by their abuser's hands. Oh, well says the rw: next time make better choices.


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After almost two months living in a domestic violence shelter in rural West Virginia, a 49-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, had finally scraped together enough cash to move into her own place.


The woman, who said that she ended up at the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center after fleeing an abusive boyfriend in another state, had saved $600 ― enough for the first month’s rent in a mobile home. In December, the staff at the shelter offered to cover her security deposit, using a special fund for emergency client expenses.


For the woman, a new start was within reach. She paid the application fee and was approved for the rental. And then, the government shutdown happened. The shelter could no longer help her with housing costs. She lost the mobile home. “I feel hurt, hurt, hurt,” she said. “I’m already starting out with absolutely nothing. I don’t know what is going to happen now.”


The government shutdown ― which on Saturday became the longest in U.S. history ― has thrown the fate of domestic violence shelters across the country in limbo.


Many, like the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center, rely heavily on federal funds to stay afloat. With the government closed for business, they can’t access the federal payments they so desperately need. The same funds they planned to use to help the woman with housing.


Not knowing when the shutdown will end, shelters around the country are preparing for the worst. Many arecurtailing services, cutting all but the most essential costs and planning for layoffs.

Katie Spriggs, executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center, said her agency can no longer afford to provide any financial support to its clients. In addition to helping clients find permanent housing ― which moves them out of shelter, opening up a spot for another person in need ― the shelter also offers support for taxi rides to appointments and prescription medicines.


“The things that we know they need to make their daily lives easier ― even if it only costs a little bit of money ― we can’t help with now,” she said. Many of their clients live in extreme poverty, she said. For some, financial insecurity is the main reason why they don’t leave their partners. They simply can’t afford it.


“People will call and say ’I would love to come in, but I have no way to get to work on Monday, or no way to get my kids to school,” she explained. “We used to tell them not to worry because we could alleviate some of that financial burden. But now we can’t because we don’t have any money.”

The center has also been forced to halt another crucial program: Mobile outreach. Normally, advocates make daily trips to visit abuse victims in their own homes who can’t make it into the shelter for services.


Many women in the community don’t own vehicles, Spriggs added. Others are too sick or depressed to leave the house or have young children. “So we meet them where they are,” she said.

Advocates will assess their needs and help them fill out paperwork for court, such as protective orders and divorce and custody filings, and do safety planning.


Spriggs said she was concerned about the victims who are missing out on services because they cannot make it into the shelter. She is also concerned about having to lay off staff. If the shutdown does not end within two weeks, that will become a reality, she said.

Inside the shelter, the mood was somber.


Lisa, a 45-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury, said she had been living in the shelter for two months. The shutdown had already negatively impacted her life. The shelter could not afford to pay for her transport to her doctor’s office, so she had missed a few medical appointments. They couldn’t pay for her prescriptions at CVS, so she was going without. And instead of the hot meals usually served, they were eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, she said. Food was being rationed to save money.


“You can feel the stress in the air,” she said. “We try to work as a family, they are a lot of very wonderful women here, but it is hard right now.”


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Stan Areted

Good reason not to depend on taxpayers to do what you should be doing for yourself. Always have a plan b.

Friends and community fill in--the government wasn't always there to do these things.

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dandyfopp

The followers of GOP Jesus won't have a problem with this.

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d_gw

What about the people running businesses in the shuttered airport terminal in Miami? Or the businesses that sell coffee and lunch to Federal workers in VA and DC? Does the FRW consider them freeloaders too?

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

The followers of GOP Jesus won't have a problem with this.

They need to be born again again.

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Becca Reese

Friends and community fill in--the government wasn't always there to do these things.

I can tell you who won't fill in-Trump haters.

We're starting a pet food drive-our fur babies have to eat, too.

Our local food bank had pop up around the region this morning. At 7am, in the freezing cold, 300 people were waiting...

Democrats are DISGRACEFUL! They once again have skipped town while Trump sits in the WH, waiting for them to negotiate on wall funding.

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Joaniepoanie

Stan....would your response be so callous if you knew these women were Trump supporters? Or are you just assuming because they need help they are Dems?

Narcisstic Trump is incapable of having any clue what suffering his vengeful whim has wrought. And I would venture that those suffering the most are his supporters in the middle of the country.


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frank_il

I can tell you who won't fill in-Trump haters.

We're starting a pet food drive-our fur babies have to eat, too.

Our local food bank had pop up around the region this morning. At 7am, in the freezing cold, 300 people were waiting...


WHAT???????

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Joaniepoanie

Becca.....ahem........Repubs have skipped town too. Please stop making statements you just want to be true.

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Becca Reese

Narcissist Trump? That's a HOOT! Trump's been in D.C. while Dems are jetting off to luxury vacations and voting to give themselves recesses.

How many days has Congress been in session since the shut down began?

Pelosi doesn't care.

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Stan Areted

joaniepoanie:

Stan....would your response be so callous if you knew these women were Trump supporters? Or are you just assuming because they need help they are Dems?


I am not callous, I feel for them.

You're making assumptions about ME.

What I said was accurate and the truth.

Why did you even mention me "assuming" people needed help because they are Dems? Most people in dire straights don't even identify with a political ideology--they've got other things on their mind. I have volunteered and worked with a lot of these people in dire straights and most have never even voted much less consider themselves as part of a political party--some for understandable reasons and some because they aren't responsble.

Do not depend on taxpayers or the government.

That's it.

And yes, Becca Reese, groups and individuals are taking up the slack in my community as well.



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Becca Reese

Joanie, ahem, the ONLY Republican that matters is Trump, and he's sitting in the WH, waiting.

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Becca Reese

And yes, Becca Reese, groups and individuals are taking up the slack in my community as well.

While the bitter "resistance" sits behind their screens all day long.

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Becca Reese

Stan, reminding people about personal responsibility is offensive to socialists.

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dandyfopp

Without government handouts this red state would declare a state of emergency.

But it is a red state so the folks with their hands out here are the real patriots, not your typical lazy bum who failed to plan for the future.

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momj47(7A)

When you have stage IV cancer, the shutdown is about more than a missed paycheck



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momj47(7A)

'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest

And as the shutdown over Donald Trump’s border wall barrels into its third week, when it would become the longest in US history, the weight of that uncertainty is being disproportionately shouldered by black Americans like Williams. Black people make up 12% of the US population, but more than 18% of the federal workforce, according to a study by the Partnership for Public Service.

“My mother tells me – bless her heart – there’s a bed here if you need it,” Williams said, her voice becoming emotional. “I’m 50. I’m not going back to my parents’ house.”

Hiring discrimination in the private sector has long driven black Americans to government jobs (federal, state and local) for steady, gainful employment. Following the legislative civil rights gains of the 1960s, government agencies, especially federal, generally held themselves more stringently to anti-discrimination laws than private employers of the era.

In turn, black Americans “saw that public service employment opened up economic opportunities for good, well-paid jobs that provide some measure of protection against discrimination,” according to Farah Ahmad, a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress writing during the 2013 government shutdown.

“The competitive pay scales of government employment have lifted generations of black people into the middle class,” she added.

Perhaps nowhere is that more true than in the predominantly black Washington DC suburbs Prince George’s county in Maryland. The county is home to the highest concentration of middle-class black Americans in the country, largely due to public sector employment.

“Around here people’s families work for the government, generationally,” said Kenneth Graves, a federal employee currently on furlough who grew up in Prince George’s.

The profound racial wealth gap in the US makes it far more difficult for the average black American to sustain a long period without a paycheck as compared to white Americans or the US average. Median black household wealth is about $1,700 and falling, while median white wealth sits at over $116,000, according to a 2017 study by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies.

Graves said he’s already called his student loan provider to ask for a deferment while Williams told the Guardian she’s still dreading a call to her landlord to ask if she can postpone her next month’s payment.

She scoffed at a letter to federal employees sent out near the beginning of the shutdown suggesting ways to ask for a “reduced payment plan” during the furlough.

“They say talk to these creditors? They don’t want to hear your problems and they don’t care. They want their money,” Williams said. Like many federal workers, she’s turned to a GoFundMe campaign to try and keep afloat.

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elvis

Too funny, Margie. I was smiling and when I read your post, I was smiling bigly!

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Stone cold hearts seem to be mandatory amongst the far right these days.

Also saw a report this morning about the thousands of people who may be evicted, since HUD contracts expired and cannot be renewed until the gov't reopens.

"...More than 1,000 government-backed housing contracts have already expired and potentially more will do so in the coming weeks.

Since the shutdown began last month, approximately 1,150 federal rental assistance contracts have not been renewed due to funding lapses at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These lapses impact Project-Based Rental Assistance agreements between private property owners and the federal government. These landlords are contracted to house low and very low-income residents. The property owner charges tenants modest rents and HUD kicks in subsidies to make up the difference.

While the expired contracts so far only account for about 5 percent of HUD's project-based contracts, it is causing concern that more of the 1.2 million low income families housed in these multifamily properties will be in danger of losing homes as the shutdown lingers...."

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/11/684414651/thousands-face-threat-of-eviction-after-hud-contracts-expire-due-to-shutdown

Forgive me for caring about those less fortunate than myself...

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momj47(7A)

So you are saying, margie, that all the furloughed men and women should just smile, to release all happy chemicals - you mean endorphins - in the brain, and then things will be better.

I suspect babysitting, or selling personal belongings on Craigslist would be more efficacious

But, hey, Margie, just keep smiling 'cause you probably aren't facing financial ruin, hunger, homelessness, etc.

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HU-249913260

Random fact: if you smile when your children have nothing to eat, it doesn't fee their stomachs.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Haha - did you forget the magic time machine she should use to go back and not marry the guy in the first place...?

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Oh, but never rule out the true believers, the self-appointed crusaders, the footsoldiers!

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mrskjun(9)

So why don't dems head back to Washington and ok 1/10 of 1% of the budget to go for border security. Some of you talk like the left cares. What a joke!

Meet the 2018 porker of the year. Of course she is against border security.


https://www.cagw.org/porker-of-the-month/cagw-names-kamala-harris-2018-porker-year

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Becca Reese

The Left are Pork Kings.

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