Shutdown threatens Saginaw women's programs

Ramonica Roach benefits from the federally-funded Shelter Plus Care program.

It's the most dangerous city for women.

Now, the organizations that protect and assist women and children could be forced to cut the services that make a big difference.

Dozens of organizations in the Saginaw area rely on federal dollars to help provide families with shelter, safety and the basic necessities.

Now, the government shutdown is threatening those federal dollars and the much-needed services to thousands of families.

Ramonica Roach used to be homeless. Now, the Saginaw mother not only has a house but is improving her life.

"I was able to move to a place of my choice and start bettering my life," she said.

All thanks to the Mustard Seed Shelter's, Shelter Plus Care Program.

"It gives them a floor to stand on and it gives them a chance to improve their life and the life of their family," said Leona Sullivan, Director of Mustard Seed Shelter.

The federally-funded service that helps 25 local families could run out of money due to the government shutdown.

"It means some people are without critical help that makes a difference in their lives," said Sullivan.

"All of the services we provide are about saving people's lives," said Valerie Hoffman, President/CEO Underground Railroad.

Hoffman is working on the Underground Railroad's budget.

They serve thousands of people each year.

"Victims of domestic violence, sex abuse, stalking," said Hoffman.

60% of their funding is from the federal government.

Hoffman said cuts would put programs and people at risk.

"That's what I think bothers me the most is the implied threat to services that are life-saving," she said.

Each month the Underground Railroad receives $110,000 in federal funding.

They say they have enough money to fund services for 45 days.

Beyond that, they would have to look at cuts to select programs and services.