D.C. Charities Reduce Services Amid Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON — Some Washington nonprofits are scaling back services and furloughing workers due to contracts and Medicaid reimbursements that aren’t being paid during the government shutdown.

The Latin American Youth Center in Columbia Heights is furloughing 75 workers and reducing operations to essential services beginning Wednesday. The staff will volunteer until Congress restores funding. Job training, counseling and education programs are being scaled back.

Latin American Youth Center President Lori Kaplan says the center remains open to its most vulnerable clients, including about 50 homeless youth and those in foster care.

The center usually serves 400 youth and families each day.

In Adams Morgan, the Mary’s Center health facility says it could struggle to keep its doors open without Medicaid reimbursements this month. It stands to lose $525,000 if funding isn’t restored.

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