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Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton and all of Washington County have leveraged local dollars and used block grants to benefit low- and middle-income residents.

TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Members of the Experience Theatre Project get together for a rehearsal of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Beaverton Community Center.
President Donald Trump came into office this year with a long list of campaign promises, including a vow to cut domestic spending in order to increase defense sending.

And his first proposed budget, released in March, did just that, recommending a cut of $6 billion out of the $46 billion budget to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Among the programs to go, the bureaucratic-sounding Community Development Block Grants, for a saving of $3 billion.

But one community's "pork" is another community's lifeblood. TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Facilities like the Juanity Pohl Center came about because of locally leveraged money based on a federal Community Development Block Grant.

Community Development Block grants, called CDBGs, have provided $6.6 million to the City of Beaverton over the past decade to acquire and renovate buildings, and to provide down-payment assistance to low-income families.

In Tigard, the block grants have meant $4 million over the past several decades, with the money going to the Tigard Senior Center, sidewalks and streetlights, city parks and more.

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