Updated: June 13, 2013 11:13PM
EVANSVILLE (AP) — Agencies in southwestern Indiana that help people find emergency and transitional housing say they’re dismayed by steep federal budget cuts that will affect their programs.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports agencies were informed this week that federal cuts known as the sequester will slash Indiana’s Emergency Solutions Grant by 23 percent. Officials had expected a 5 percent cut starting July 1.
The money helps about 60 agencies statewide. Erika Taylor of the YWCA of Evansville says the cuts will mean less funding for community programs and will increase pressure on agencies to raise funds privately to maintain existing services.
Agency leaders say the cuts will force them to reduce the number of people they can serve.