Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Says CDBG Funding Must Be Maintained

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Says CDBG Funding Must Be Maintained

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Eddie Blankenship, chairman of the National League of Cities' Community and Economic Development Policy Committee, called on Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Federal government's formula grant programs in testimony delivered March 16.

Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development, Blankenship, council president of Birmingham, Ala., said that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME state and local block grant programs are "meeting the housing and community development needs of our nation' s cities and towns."

Blankenship said that NLC strongly supports the CDBG program and opposes any efforts to reduce its, funding level below the $4.4 Billion appropriated in 1994.

"Cutting CDBG will significantly damage local efforts to revitalize communities," said Blankenship. "Maintaining CDBG at the 1994 level is a three and a haft percent cut in real dollars.

Which means that the 1994 level of funding for cdbg will not go as in 1995 as it did in 1994."

Blankenship was critical of efforts to cut CDBG saying that "attacks directed at CDBG must stop."

"CDBG has been around for twenty years. No other program in this committee's jurisdiction enjoys the level of respect and support within Congress like CDBG, he said. "The only program that can boast of a similar level of credibility in Congress is the Head Start program."

Blankenship called on members of the subcommittee to participate with local communities in the 20th anniversary celebration of the CDBG program during the National Community Development Week held from March 28th to April 3rd. …

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