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Trump proposal to eliminate Community Development Block Grants would hit local cities
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.
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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