Elk County officials concerned about Trump's proposed CDBG cut
RIDGWAY — Elk County stands to lose big if the federal government zeroes out the Community Development Block Grant program.
Nearly 69 percent of Elk County voters chose Trump in the November election.
“I’m sure most everyone is aware that in President Trump’s proposed budget – his first shot across the bow – he is talking about eliminating the CDBG and HOME programs,” said Jodi Foster, county planning director. “Those programs are really important to Elk County and we’ve used a lot of that money to do good in this area.
“It would be really detrimental for those programs to go away.”
The president’s budget proposal eliminates the roughly $3 billion of funding for the CDBG program, which provides money for neighborhood investment, saying that the program “is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.”
Trump’s budget proposal also eliminates funding for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, which provides grants for low-income people to buy or rehabilitate homes. Read more....