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The Post-Gazette examines the impact of the “new needy” on already stretched safety net resources. 

Mr. Carpenter became one of the “new needy,” a group of newly unemployed and under-employed workers being forced to seek help from charities for the first time.

Seventy-three percent of Pittsburgh-area nonprofits have seen increases in help requests from such first-timers in the last six months alone, said a study released last week. At the same time, 100 percent of the same agencies expect budget shortfalls over the next six months.

The result of that math is many of those desperate enough to ask for help are being turned away.

I have been worried about this for months.  Many of the “new needy” don't even know where to turn for help, but there certainly aren't many marketing dollars available.  One very important resource in the safety net is the Human Services Development Fund which catches people who might otherwise fall through the net, for example adults ages 18-59 who often don't qualify for programs and services. This is dedicated funding in the state budget, under the Department of Public Welfare.  We'll have to watch the Governor's budget carefully as this is something that is vitally important to many, many vulnerable families and individuals. 

Next, check out Autumn's reflection on Pat Boone and homosexuals.

Lifetime is looking for lesbian moms for a new series.

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