Partial shutdown drags on, non-profits asked to step in

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Partial shutdown drags on, non-profits asked to step in

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Oct 9, 2013

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - Inside the Primavera Foundation, a local non-profit aimed at pulling people out of poverty, Tucsonans prepare to jump back into the work force.  

They are just a portion of Tucson's low-income population. However, city leaders say if the partial government shutdown continues, necessary rental housing assistance for low-income families will run out come November.

"It's about $2.6 million that comes to us," City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department Interim Director, Andrea Ibanez said.

Now, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is reaching out to some of Tucson's not-for-profits for help -- programs like Primavera.

"We will meet that need and I mean, we have to. This is just what we do," Primavera's Chief Development Officer, Michael Finkelstein said.

"That said, there's a lot of pressure of the groups. There's more people in need," Finkelstein continued.

The American Red Cross of Southern Arizona is one of two American Red Cross chapters in the nation to offer Veteran Services.

"We perceive the next 60 days will be totally business as usual and even beyond," the chapter's Bob Graham said.

According to Graham, the chapter is anticipating the tidal wave of new clients, a by-product they say, of the shutdown.