Another Obama-era initiative currently on the chopping block, along with environmental safeguards and the Affordable Care Act is Americorps.  A Trump administration proposal that would eliminate the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget will affect several Billings-area programs.  The cuts under consideration by the White House budget office were reported last week by The New York Times.

 

A summary included in the Billings City Council information packet for Tuesday’s work session listed some of the accomplishments of Billings Metro VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America projects, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which would be slated for elimination.  To date, 177 workers were placed in 43 host sites to impact poverty and homelessness.  According to the report “Welcome Home Billings,” VISTA members have generated more than $3.5 million to support social services to impact poverty.