WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonprofit groups in the Washington area say automatic budget cuts from Congress will likely slash services for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.

The Washington Post reports charities are facing cuts in staff and services.

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The Latin American Youth Center in Washington, which houses homeless teens and offers domestic violence counseling and job training, is facing a loss of $300,000 to $400,000 in federal grants. The center serves 4,400 youth in D.C. and Maryland. But as many as a dozen homeless teens seeking shelter may have to be turned away if budget cuts persist.

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Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is facing a loss of $250,000 in funding that feeds 1,200 seniors. The organization may have to cut its meal service from five to four days a week.

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