On Oct. 1, the federal government shutdown for the first time since 1996. Some effects are clearâ€”over 400 National Park Service sites are closed and â€œnon-exceptedâ€ (i.e. non-essential) federal employees are on furlough, but what is the impact on The Salvation Army?
â€œMost of our programs are not immediately affected because we are operating on grants and contracts from the FY 2012 and FY 2013 national budgets,â€ said Major Sherry McWhorter, Southern California divisional secretary for social services. â€œThe impacts wonâ€™t really be felt until those grants begin expiring, and hopefully there will be Congressional action before then to get funds rolling again.â€
Long-term flood relief in Galena, Alaska, for example, continues uninterrupted, according to Major Nila Fankhauser, social services consultant.
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