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General Assistance

March 29, 2011

A request from CHUM:

When people fall seriously ill, lose their job, have a mental health issue, are blind, or are disabled, General Assistance is a state program people turn to for help paying their rent, bills, or basic necessities of food, shampoo and soap. As people of faith and citizens in this state, our neighbors could be losing their assistance and we have the opportunity to talk with our legislators about the impact on someone losing this assistance and our community. Imagine having no income per month coming in for low-income adults would mean for their life and for our community.

It is our time to be speaking up about the devastating effects this will have for people. Over 19,000 people rely on this program every month to receive $203 for the month. General Assistance helps fill in the gap for people waiting for their Social Security Income if they are disabled, to recover from illness or injury and more. This program is slated to be cut in the Senate budget and we need your urgent help to tell our legislators that this program is important and a cut would be devastating.

We want our senators to know of our concern, and urge them to support this this program that keeps neighbors and our community stable.

6th District State Senator:

Senator Tom Bakk

100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
State Office Building, Room 147
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

7th District State Senator:

Senator Roger Reinert

100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
State Office Building, Room 149
St. Paul, MN 55155-1206

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