Weiner To W: Don’t Cut Housing Grants
Congressman Anthony Weiner has joined eleven other members of the New York City Congressional Delegation, including Rockaway’s other Representative, Congressman Gregory Meeks in urging President George W. Bush not to cut funding used to support affordable housing in New York. The Bush Administration is reportedly considering cutting funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in half.
Every year, New York City uses CDBG funding for low income housing, day care, after school programs and literacy training. Last year, the City received $208 million in CDBG funds, a Weiner spokesperson said.
However, the Bush Administration is reportedly considering cutting CDBG’s $4.7 billion budget in half, a cut that would reduce the City’s share to a projected $104 million.
In a letter authored by Weiner, 12 Members of New York City’s Congressional Delegation urge the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to preserve funding for CDBG, or expand it.
“In May 2004, HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson touted CDBG funding as proof that ‘this Administration is committed to helping our most vulnerable neighbors,” wrote the Members of Congress. “We are writing to ensure that the administration’s actions match its rhetoric in support of our nation and our City’s hard working families.”
Signing onto Weiner’s letter were Representatives Rangel, Owens, Nadler, Serrano, Engel, Maloney, Ackerman, Crowley, Meeks, Velazquez, and Towns.