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Margarita Romo looks over a letter telling her the cash assistance programs that she and her two youngest daughters rely on will be reduced in July. Their Calworks grant will be reduced by $45 to $516 a month and their Supplemental Security Income will be reduced by $15 to $830 a month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Marisol Salcedo, 23, says goodbye to her sister Rosa, 18, before going out to see a movie with her boyfriend. While Marisol lives away from home, Rosa lives with their other sister Anjelica and their mother, Margarita Romo. The family just found out that the two cash assistance programs that they rely on will be reduced in July.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Carlos Garbutt relies on several programs to help care for his mother who has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Nubia Garbutt drifts to sleep in her armchair at the adult day care facility that her son, Carlos, takes her to in the mornings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Carlos Garbutt wakes up at 5:30 am to get his mother bathed, dressed and fed and then drives her 20 miles to an adult day care facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Nubia Garbutt waits for her son, Carlos, to take her to her adult day care facility for the morning. During his lunch hour, he picks her up and takes her home where an aide looks after her until he returns from work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Carlos Garbutt styles his mother's hair after feeding and bathing her. "It is my way of honoring who she was," Garbutt said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Nubia Garbutt eyes the room from her armchair at the adult day care facility that her son, Carlos, takes her to in the mornings before going to work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

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Faced with years of recession-driven budget shortfalls, state lawmakers have made deep cuts to health and social services. The reductions, including a round that took effect this month, translate into sizable state savings but are sharply scaling back the safety net for California’s most vulnerable residents: the elderly, the disabled, poor parents and their children.

Since mid-2008, more than $3 billion has been sliced from Calworks, the state’s welfare program for nearly 600,000 families with children, according to an analysis by the California Budget Project, a non-partisan think tank. Another $3 billion has been cut from Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage to about 7.5 million Californians. And $4.6 billion has been cut from the Supplemental Security Income program, which supports nearly 1.3 million elderly and disabled people with little or no income.

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