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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

12/17/2008

National Call-in Day on SSBG!

Increase SSBG as Part of the Economic Relief Package!

Congress is drafting legislation to address the effects of a recession on states, and the need for an economic recovery package. More than two million jobs have been lost in the United States in 2008 and more losses are forecasted. In addition, as local governments and states cut their budgets in the area of human services, many non-profits have had to reduce their services or even shut down altogether. It is projected that up to 100,000 non-profits could close their doors due to the economic crisis.

The severe budget shortfalls in states will translate into cutting human services for children and low-income families, those that need it now more than ever. Congress has an opportunity to help children and families with this economic recovery package.



ACTION REQUIRED

Join your colleagues TODAY and call Congress to tell them to increase the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to $2.8 billion as part of the economic relief package!

National Call-in Day on SSBG
TODAY
(202) 224-3121

*** Forward this alert to your networks and colleagues! ***

MESSAGE

* Tell Congress to increase SSBG to $2.8 billion as part of the economic recovery package

* SSBG provides vital human service funding to many non-profits

* It can provide immediate funding through an established network

* Annual reporting is required so that Congress can track how funds are spent

* Add your own local numbers or perspective in addition to the statistics below

BACKGROUND

SSBG represents 12% of all federal funding that states spend on child welfare services. SSBG is used to provide child abuse prevention, adoption services, foster care, child protection, independent and transitional living, and residential services for children and youth. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million children receive a range of child welfare services fully or partially funded by SSBG. Call your members of Congress TODAY to ensure that children and famlies continue to receive these crucial services!


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