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Lack of Federal Funds for the Poor

Janelle Baker is a single mother of one who is struggling to make ends meet.

Janelle says, "I didn't have a place to stay and so I was referred to this place by family Head Start coordinator to enroll in the Family Self Sufficiency Program."

The program, which is housed at the Capital Area Community Agency, is helping Baker and several others become independent and more marketable.

Thursday several members of the agency met with congressional and state officials to determine why the state of Florida isn't getting enough federal funds to help low-income families.

Dorothy Johnson says, "We get $600,000 a year to try to reduce poverty among 54,000 people in the six-county area that our agency serves and that is difficult."

Now, Inman-Johnson is hoping congressional leaders will make it easier for agencies to receive funding to help these families.

Allen Boyd says, "If we can get the program to grow slightly with inflation or need program then we can begin to change the program funding so that it can accurately reflect an equitable division among the states."

Equal funding that will make a difference for folks like Baker who are on the road to success.


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