Proposed Job Cuts Could Mean Homelessness For Seniors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Proposed cuts to a program that places impoverished senior citizens into part-time jobs could mean more homelessness and struggle for that vulnerable population.

The federal budget negotiated last week calls for $375 million in cuts to the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which is depended on for income by more than 75,000 Americans. To qualify for the program, participants must be over 55 and earn less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level for income.

National Council on Aging spokeswoman Marci Phillips says the cuts could cause closures of jobs programs for seniors altogether, leaving up to 58,000 jobless.

The National Taxpayers Union says the programs are redundant to federal jobs-training programs already in place.

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  • William Joseph Miller

    Since Republicans are such zealous Christians, I must share my favorite Bible verse. I’d like to dedicate the following to the GOP>

    “Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims — laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. What will you have to say on Judgment Day, when Doomsday arrives out of the blue? Who will you get to help you? What good will your money do you?” (Isaiah 10:1-3)

    Never was the truth more told

    • jim

      Amen, but blame it on Obama too because it’s part of his “compromise”.

      Obama is nothing more than a confederate enabler. Isaiah should doom him too.

  • Awesome

    @ William Joseph Miller: I love it. Perfect.

  • brian

    obama is a big PUNK he has no balls

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