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Local United Way losing much of it's federal dollars for the poor

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --  Federal budget cuts continue to have a big impact on the poor in the Tri-Cities, impacting organizations like the United Way.

This year, United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties they've received the smallest amount of FEMA money in history, a total of $50,000 for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for both counties.

CEO and President of the local chapter, Beverly Weber says last year they received $150,000 for both counties, and this is a big change.

United Way gives the money to organizations that help people directly, like the domestic violence shelter, salvation army and food banks.

"it cover basics food expenses, they'll go through a local food bank, it includes people that can't make their rental bill, they can't pay their electrical bill. and certainly we know that's a problem in the very hot weather we're experiencing, says Weber.

Weber says the way the federal money is divided is based on a formula, and unemployment is big factor in deciding who gets what.

She says the local chapter lost the funding due to having lower unemployment numbers than other parts  of the country.