Sending Office: McGovern, James P.
Sent By: Harsh.Deshmukh@mail.house.gov

Support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding in FY2020

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

Deadline to sign onto this letter is Friday, March 29th, at 5pm

Online submission deadline is Thursday, April 4th

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join our letter to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart urging them
to provide at least $3.3 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in the FY20 THUD Appropriations bill.

If you have any questions or would like to add your name to this letter, please contact Harsh Deshmukh in the office of Congressman James P. McGovern at (202) 225-6101 or Harsh.Deshmukh@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

James P. McGovern                    Maxine Waters                    Gregory Meeks

Michael R. Turner                      Mike Kelly

 

 

The Honorable David Price                                        The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Transportation,                               Subcommittee on Transportation

Housing and Urban Development,                             Housing and Urban Development,

and Related Agencies                                                 and Related Agencies

H-307                                                                          404 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

As the subcommittee develops its FY20 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully urge you to prioritize commitment
for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, one of the most effective federal programs for growing local economies and for providing a lifeline to families and communities, with proven results.
We request the subcommittee provide at least $3.8 billion for CDBG.  

Since FY 2005, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has collected accomplishment data for the CDBG program.  The data highlight the program’s flexibility
to design and implement strategies tailored to meet local needs and priorities. It has provided funds in every state, including housing investments, public infrastructure improvements, and economic development, while also providing public services, including
services for seniors, youth, the disabled, and employment training.

Despite being a key tool for aiding our communities, the CDBG program, like many programs, has taken a share of deep cuts in recent years, falling substantially—by nearly
$1.4 billion since FY2001.  While the program helps more than 1,200 cities, counties, states, and rural areas meet the needs of low- and moderate-income people and communities, funding cuts have severely weakened the ability of grantees to revitalize their
communities and respond to local need.  We share your commitment to the most effective use of taxpayer dollars and believe that these grants have proven highly effective. Based on the data that grantees have reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development over the past ten years (FY2005 – FY2018) CDBG has:

  • Helped over 1.433 million low- and moderate-income persons through single-family, owner-occupied rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, energy-efficient
    improvements, and lead-based abatement, among other activities;
  • Created or retained 419,755 jobs for low- and moderate-income people through a variety of economic development activities;
  • Benefited over 47 million low- and moderate-income persons through public improvements including senior centers, child care centers, and centers for people
    with disabilities;
  • Benefited over 147 million low- and moderate-income persons through public services such as employment training, meals and other services to the elderly,
    services for abused and neglected children, assistance to local food banks, and other services;
  • Helped Seniors Live Independently. CDBG funds are used to rehabilitate the homes of low- and moderate-income elderly persons to allow them to age in place,
    thereby, avoiding costly assisted living and nursing home care. CDBG provides resources to Meals on Wheels and other local food programs to ensure our low- and moderate-income seniors receive daily nourishment and contact. Further, CDBG funds are used to build
    community centers to allow seniors to receive health and recreational services to stay engaged and healthy;
  • Strengthened Families and Communities through Homeownership. CDBG funds are used to assist credit worthy, working families with down payment and closing cost
    assistance to purchase a home. Homeownership stabilizes neighborhoods, allows families to build assets, and adds to the local tax base;
  • Created Safer Communities. Local communities use CDBG to work with local police departments and neighborhood leaders to fight crime and make neighborhoods
    safer places to live and work by creating and expanding neighborhood watch groups, making safety improvements to homes and businesses, and encouraging local police sub-stations to move into high crime areas;
  • Invested in Our Next Generation. Local communities use CDBG funds to provide afterschool programs to low-income children, summer jobs for low-income youth,
    and build recreation centers to provide a safe outlet for learning, sports and personal growth.

Additionally, every $1.00 of CDBG leverages an additional $4.09 in non-CDBG funding.

CDBG makes its way into the local economy through an extensive network of local organizations and remains a lifeline for families and communities.  It is one federal program
that touches the lives of nearly every American in some fashion. Over 7,200 communities have access to the funds and rely on the program to enhance their life and community.
Every State, Territory, and Congressional District receives or has access to CDBG funds. The pressing need in the current economy for these funds remains critical.

While we understand the difficult fiscal decisions we must make in Washington, we appreciate your consideration of this important request and strongly urge you to support
at least $3.8 billion for the CDBG program in FY20 to help grow local economies.

 

Sincerely,

 

James P. McGovern                            Maxine Waters                                    Gregory Meeks

MEMBER OF CONGRESS               MEMBER OF CONGRESS               MEMBER OF CONGRESS

 

Michael R. Turner                               Mike Kelly

MEMBER OF CONGRESS               MEMBER OF CONGRESS      

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