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Dec 4, 2013 7:24 PM by Kristen Holloway

The Outreach Center Battle State Budget Cuts

The Outreach Center is facing the loss of thousands of dollars. This for an agency that's dealt with major financial issues. You recall in May two years ago, a state legislative audit of the center found problems in how the organization managed funds and submitted financial statements. The CEO at the time eventually resigned.

The Outreach is still operating and its current director say they are doing good things in the community but now the battle of state budget cuts.

The Outreach Center in Lafayette helps families get back on their feet, helping them get sober, find housing and even jobs but looming state budget cuts will soon force them to be able to help with less.

"We may have to ask the community for more support maybe we just can't afford the food that we've been able to buy so far through these funds," said Executive Director Jill Meaux. "We may have to provide less services maybe less case management services."

The state cut the non-profit agencies budget by $35,000. Those cuts will take effect next year.
Major services like the financial assistance program will be eliminated.

"Its sad, we get calls everyday 4-5 times a day that they maybe went into the hospital and missed a week of work so their pay check is less and they cant afford this months rent now they're being evicted, their still employed they're just stuck right now," said Meaux.

Building futures by rebuilding lives is their mission but Meaux says they will now have to do more with less.

"When you use that money to help people either to prevent homelessness or to get back into a house and become a productive member of our community, that's just that many more people that we wont be able to help," said Meaux.

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