Dallas Social Service Agencies Feeling Automatic Cuts

by Emily Roberts | Jul 25, 2013

Dallas-area social service agencies feeling squeeze from automatic cuts

by Christina Rosales
July 22, 2013
The Dallas Morning News

Federal budget cuts could cause years of uncertainty for social service providers in the Dallas area that must scale back programs for low-income families, domestic violence victims and the elderly, experts and advocates say.

When the $85 billion across-the-board federal cuts took effect March 1, some organizations felt the blow immediately.


A spiral

Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place shelter, said the nonprofit will see tens of thousands of dollars cut from what they receive through HUD and a $10,000 cut as part of the Family Violence Prevention Services Act.

“For the next fiscal year, I can try to cover it, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to going forward,” she said. “When we’re full we can put someone in a hotel or get a woman a taxi so she can get here, but we might not be able to do that.”

Also, Flink said, smaller domestic violence shelters will be devastated by cuts so she believes she will see even more clients looking for help.

“We haven’t felt it yet, but I’m sure it’s coming,” she said.

Flink added that Dallas has always had a history of philanthropists stepping up to provide for the needy during budget cuts, especially during the past few years during the recession.

“We do have guardian angels who come and say they’ll take care of this,” Flink said. “Dallas is lucky that way. In the end, people will survive. They’ll find a way to adjust, but we’re creating a spiral that’s beginning to unwind.”

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