Shutdown could put local non-profits in peril

Shutdown could put local non-profits in peril »Play Video
Concerned about the needles, a local mother called the sheriff's office. They referred her to the HIV Alliance for help.

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many non-profits are facing tough times as a result of the government shutdown, as many of the organizations get funding through government grants.

The White Bird Clinic, for instance, has used government funding to in-turn support struggling Eugene residents for 40 years Now it could also be in need of some support.

"I'd say at this point, about half of our programs have taken hits again this year or looking at further hits next year,” said Chuck Gerard of White Bird.

Another group jeopardized by the shutdown is the HIV Alliance, an organization provides support to those living with the disease.

Scott Davis, a former intravenous drug user, spends time helping out the community by working with the HIV Alliance. He said that the Alliance also helps HIV prevention through a needle exchange program, a service he says can be vital in helping prevent the disease from spreading

"We didn't have a needle exchange program, and I infected myself with HIV because I didn't have information or knowledge to prevent that,” said Davis.

The HIV Alliance collects and disposes of over 400,000 syringes annually.

Without funding, executive director Diane Lang said the future looks bleak.

“We have money to get through December, and then we're just wondering what will happen after that,” said Lang.

Those we spoke with say they'll continue to do the best they can with the resources available.