February SNAP Benefits Issued Early Amid Federal Government Shutdown

February SNAP Benefits Issued Early Amid Federal Government Shutdown

Earlier reports indicated the partial government shutdown would cause the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ration February 2019 SNAP benefits. However, on Jan. 8, the agency told states to request and issue the February allotments by January 20. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated they relied on a “provision of the just-expired Continuing Resolution […]

Government Shutdown Affects All Americans

Government Shutdown Affects All Americans

The government shutdown affects all Americans either directly or indirectly. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working without pay or on mandatory vacations while numerous agencies remain unfunded. President Donald Trump refused to sign any budget plan that does not contain billions for his pet project — the Border Wall. In doing so, at 12:01 […]

Phalanx Family Services Helps Chicago’s Needy Survive and Thrive

Phalanx Family Services Helps Chicago’s Needy Survive and Thrive

One of the most unknown and underappreciated non-profit community-based organizations in Chicago is Phalanx Family Services. The agency has operated programs in Chicago’s distressed black communities since 2002, providing workforce solutions to people and families with no to low-income who have barriers to employment, such as long-term under/unemployment, functional illiteracy, criminal backgrounds, and drug addiction. […]

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