Nonprofit groups concerned about funding as shutdown continues

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Nonprofit groups are worried that if the government shutdown continues they will not be reimbursed for services.

Karen Cheeks-Lomax heads up the White Plains-based nonprofit group My Sister's Place. The organization advocates for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. My Sister's Place has direct contracts with the federal government.

Cheeks-Lomax fears the partial government shutdown means they won't get paid.

"We're very concerned that once the government has shutdown we're not going to be reimbursed for all the services that we've provided to our clients," says Cheeks-Lomax.

Rep. Nita Lowey echoes those sentiments. That's why dozens of other nonprofits attended a question-and-answer session with Lowey in White Plains.

"When I hear what's happening here in the community, with children and families and women, you realize the important responsibility of the federal government to work in partnership with state and local governments," says Lowey.

Officials with the nonprofit Westchester Women's Agenda are also frustrated by the gridlock in Washington.

Rev. Noelle Damico, of the Westchester Women's Agenda, says the process in Washington is clearly not working. She says those that are most vulnerable are the ones that suffer.

Lowey says House Democrats are working hard to reopen the government, but the president refuses to budge on his demand for border wall funding.

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