CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Heartland representatives said the sequester cuts could be devastating for the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence and the Area Agency on Aging.
If the sequester cuts go through, Glenda Hoffmeister with the Area Agency on Aging said the state of Missouri will see a cut of about $2.4 million dollars for all senior services.
That means the 18 counties her agency serves would see their 11.6 percent of that money, also go away. Hoffmeister said to them that would be about 32,000 meals they won't be able to serve to local seniors.
"These cuts can be devastating for us in the next, because this is a period of 7 months, so that's a lot of cut for 7 months," said Hoffmeister. "It could mean the fact that some of them go to a nursing home, if they don't get the services at home that they need, it could put them in jeopardy, and it would make it more difficult for their families to care for them."
She said when services like these are cut, often times the local community members will step up and help contribute.
Hoffmeister said as of now, there aren't any plans to close local Missouri senior centers.
Mathew Rigdon with the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence said they too would see an impact.
"It would affect their independent living services we have individuals who are helping to try to get employed, the transportation, for example this morning we had a class on advocacy, how to write your legislature, hopefully we'd still be able to offer all of those things, but that certainly would have an impact," said Rigdon. "Our transportation services for example, people rely on that to get to work, to do shopping, to make it doctor's appointments, if for some reason those were affected and I'm not saying they would be, but they could be, certainly that would affect people's independence."
The Missouri National Guard might also feel the forced spending cuts. Spokeswoman Major Tammy Spicer said they are looking at the potential impacts from the cuts, but intend to continue annual training and drills as previously scheduled. She said they don't' expect to have a clear answer on the effects from the cuts on Friday, but when they know, plan to share with their members.