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Community Action Partnership in danger under Trump's budget proposal

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The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs has a warning on the devastating impact President Donald Trump's budget may have on critical state programs.

One of north Alabama's largest providers for seniors and low income families states most of its programs will not survive if the budget is approved. The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama helps many seniors on fixed incomes pay their utility bills.

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"It's a lot more in the winter time, and if we didn't receive it twice a year, it would really impact a lot of us,” said JoLynne Hannay, a senior citizen and recipient of the program.

Hannay is one of more than 76,000 people who received assistance last year in Alabama.

But the low-income home energy assistance program is on the chopping block under Trump's budget proposal.

"We're a broad comprehensive community action agency. Five of the six major programs have been affected in the budget,” said Michael Hubbs, president of the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama.

Programs that help create jobs, provide affordable housing, offer health care services and home weatherization for seniors will no longer receive federal funding.

"We're very concerned about it,” said, Hannay. “Like I said, it could impact us in ways that other people can't imagine."

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It's why the Community Action Partnership is hoping state lawmakers will fight to save the programs.

"They've got to find a way to work with the president and work with the Senate and the House to be able to come up with a compromise,” said Hubbs. “I hope that even though it might cut some of those programs, it won't eliminate them."

The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama serves people in Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman counties. However, there are 22 community action agencies across the state that serve other counties, and they all receive federal funding.

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