WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), with 41 Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators on Friday to include $3.3 billion in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget.
CDBG is a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Over the last 40 years, the program invested more than $149 billion nationwide and provided services helping over 133 million people. In FY 2016, New York State received $288,016,281 in CDBG funding.
The city of Jamestown has also benefited from not only the CDBG program, but also the partnering Home Investment Partnership (Home) programs program. Te two programs have provided Jamestown with nearly $50.7 million in investment funding between 1990 and 2016, averaging out to about $1.13 million each year.
President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating the program in his draft federal budget. In March, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi announced his concern over the proposed cut, and the city council also unanimously approved a motion calling for the continuation of both programs. Congressman Tom Reed has also voiced his support for continuing the program.