CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local seniors brace for budget cuts to things like Meals On Wheels and disability services as leaders in Washington, D.C. run out of time to come to an agreement on billions of dollars in spending cuts.
The effects of the so-called “sequester” may not be felt for several weeks or months, but local agencies are already preparing for budget cuts.
Nearly 4,000 seniors in Jackson and Josephine counties received meals from Food and Friends last year, but that organization says it could see a 10% cut because of the spending cuts in Washington.
The Rogue Valley Council of Governments says it is still very early to know exactly how the sequester will affect it’s budget, but it’s anticipating a 10% cut and that could affect meal sites and availability of the Meals On Wheels program.
The RV COG says it went through a similar funding scare last year during the fiscal cliff talks, and officials there want politicians to stop putting important services in the middle. Respite Support, which uses volunteers to help family caregivers in Jackson County, could also see cuts under the sequestration.
The RV COG says there have not needed to put any seniors on a waiting list for Meals On Wheels yet, but if the cuts end up being deep, they may have to start.