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Surviving the Sequester



Local governments aren't the only ones hurting, says Callan. "Also impacted are the many nonprofits that do a great job of bringing in state and federal funds, like Avalon Housing."

Avalon director Carole McCabe says the biggest impact so far has been "the lack of availability of [Section 8] vouchers and units for an initiative to house high utilizers of health services. We're working to house 100 of those folks throughout the community, and those are all frozen right now because we came to a hard stop on getting vouchers."

Sequestration also hit the public schools. "The AAPS has seen a decrease in funding for our special education funds, specifically the IDEA funds (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which supports special education funding for K-12 students," emails schools spokeswoman Liz Margolis.

It even threatened the U-M, whose hugely successful research depends on federal money. "We have seen signs that there may be fewer contracts awarded, and the competition for them may be greater," emails David Lampe, who handles communications for the university's vice president for research.

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