'Cliff' a concern for area nonprofits

December 7, 2012

One aspect of the fiscal cliff negotiations has the potential to affect area nonprofits and human service agencies, several officials said Thursday.

Along with the fate of Bush-era tax cuts, lawmakers will decide the fate of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that were the result of last year’s debt ceiling talks. If nothing is changed, half of the cuts would come from defense, and half would come from domestic programs that will have a local impact.

National Council of Nonprofits President Tim Delaney said these cuts nationwide include $600 million for Head Start, $2 billion for rental assistance and $543 million for the Women, Infants and Children program, which provides federal grants to states for supplemental food and nutrition education for low-income women and children.