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Elders Protest City Budget Cuts

World Journal, Headline News Brief, Staff Posted: May 14, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO More than a thousand elder residents protested Tuesday outside City Hall, decrying the drastic budget cuts earmarked for aging services. The World Journal reports the citys Department of Human Services expects to slash $22 million from its budget. Programs servicing elders will be slashed by $7 million next fiscal year. The protesters said the budget cuts come at a time when San Franciscos older residents are in great need: 18 percent of residents who are at least 65 years old and 25 percent of people over 75 are living below the federal poverty line, according to the World Journal. The budget cuts to elder services will have a negative impact on their daily lives, protesters said.



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