Shelters like Salvation Army's Harbor House in Columbia are gearing up to handle more people and more problems.
Many of the local charities say they are already working with a full house and overextended programs.
But directors of these outlets say they are sure that whatever shape the cuts come in... it will mean an even greater demand on their programs.
Tim Rich runs "Harbor House", Salvation Army's shelter and soup kitchen in Columbia.
He predicts the cuts will send even more people his way looking for help.Rich says Harbor House has recently increased its staff by joining with the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center.
He says this allows Harbor House to filter people needing special treatment to the correct facility and to hire an additional case worker.
Still, he says the ratio of clients to case workers is currently fifty to one... he suggests that will only get worse after the cuts occur.
Rich says another difficulty Harbor House will face is trying to prepare their clients for the cuts.Among the residents at Rich's Harbor House are Veronica and her children, ages two and three.
Veronica, who never gave her last name, says she has been at the shelter for about two months and the people have made a big difference in her life.Veronica says she does have a job and hopes to make it on her own soon. She says that life at the shelter can be very stressful... so she tries to live day by day.
She says that she focuses on working hard and doing all she can for her children...and does not read the paper or try to keep up with government changes.
Rich says this survival mode is exactly how his clients live... and the reason these changes will hit them so hard.
Other local agencies are also trying to combat the welfare cuts.
Richard Blakely is the Executive Director of the Services for Independent Living in Columbia.
His shelter serves local homeless people that have mental or physical disabilities.
He agrees there will be more people in need of help after the cuts.Blakely says that although he does not have many details on the cuts, he knows they will be significant. Despite the uncertainty and stress being felt by these groups... they insist the people they serve come first.
Both Rich and Blakely say they will do everything they can to help their clients... just like they always do.