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BCAA asks police jurors to consider millage proposal

BY ELONA WESTON

DERIDDER -- An agency that serves about 2,800 low-income residents in Beauregard each year is facing a financial crunch.

The Beauregard Community Action Association on Tuesday asked Beauregard Parish police jurors to place a millage proposal on a future ballot to help sustain the agency's  services.

Executive Director Winkie Branch said the agency has been slashed over the years and faces even more cuts. She said the BCAA's three staff members do their best to facilitate a senior food initiative, utility assistance and needy programming.

"We were here to let the jury know that we are in dire straits as far as funds are concerned and ask them to put a millage on the ballot for our agency so that we can survive and continue to help the low income families in Beauregard," Branch said.

The BCAA gets some federal funding and relies on grants, which are hard to come by these days, Branch said. She said the agency gets around $80,000 a year now but they need around $100,000 in order to adequately meet the needs of families.

"Our money comes from the feds to the state in a block grant and then on down to us," she said.

Branch said the 13 percent that the BCAA serves each year in Beauregard are mostly seniors.

Police jurors did not make a decision on the matter on Tuesday, but Branch hopes that will come soon.

"I hope soon -- very soon," she said.

Police Juror Gerald McLeod commended the BCAA for the work that they do with limited funds.

"I urge police jurors to go see the number of people who go through the line to pick up senior food on Fridays. A lot of things they do, people don't know it affects hundreds of people in the area. They are of vital importance to us and our parish," he said.
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01/15/2014 8:51AM
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