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Local organizations fear impacts of second government shutdown

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Following Monday's State of the Union, area organizations talk about the possibility of the federal government heading into another shutdown.

"The big issue is the safety of the clients," said Laura King, executive director of the Center for Family Violence Prevention in Greenville.

The center works with families dealing with domestic violence.

"Women who are trying to gather the courage to leave the first time," said King.

Last month, I spoke with King about how the longest government shutdown in our nation's history impacted the organization.

"It has basically cut us off at the knees," said King. "A great deal of our funding comes through the federal government, and when it's shut off we're shut off."

Now the potential of a second government shutdown in such a close time span could have an even greater negative impact.

In the East, the center isn't the only organization feeling pressure.

"People are getting food stamps are being told they might not get them for another two months," said Maj. Ken Morris, a corps officer at the Greenville Salvation Army.

As a result, Maj. Morris says the nonprofit is seeing more people come in that need help putting food on the table.

"More folks came in for feeding during January," said Morris. "More folks came in for food boxes. More folks came in for other services."

The Salvation Army says despite the shutdown, it's been able to help more people thanks in part to a record-setting 2018 holiday season in which it raised more than $257,000.

As far as a second government shutdown, President Donald Trump has given congress until February 15th to reach an agreement on funding specifically when it comes to a border wall.


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