Series 106 2005 ORDINANCES/RESOLUTIONS
Section 106-140; Res. 48-05; Expressing support for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
Council Bill No. R 48-05
expressing support for the Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) program.
WHEREAS, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the centerpiece
the Housing and Community Development Act which was enacted in 1974; and
WHEREAS, the CDBG program has as its primary objective the development
of viable urban
communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding
economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income; and
WHEREAS, the CDBG program has considerable flexibility to allow communities
to carry out
activities that are tailored to their unique affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization
WHEREAS, throughout its 30-year history, the CDBG program has been a partnership
federal, state and local governments, business, and the nonprofit sector which carry out activities
that improve the lives and neighborhoods of low and moderate income families; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbia uses CDBG funds in the amount of approximately
$1,000,000 to provide funding for low and moderate income persons through such activities as:
housing rehabilitation, particularly those specifically targeted at elderly and disabled persons;
homeownership assistance; improving infrastructure in lower income neighborhoods; community
facilities; employment opportunities for disabled persons; and, the demolition of vacant
WHEREAS, the Presidents FY 2006 budget proposes to cut the CDBG program
billion or by 35% from FY 2005 funding levels; and
WHEREAS, the Presidents FY 2006 budget proposes to transfer the CDBG program
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Department of Commerce where
it will be consolidated with 17 other economic development programs; and
WHEREAS, if this proposal is enacted, the Citys ability to address and
reverse the decline of
its central City and other low income neighborhoods will be significantly lessened.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The City Council hereby expresses its support for and calls
on Congress to
preserve the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program within the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provide a FY 2006 funding level of at least $4.7
billion overall, with no less than $4.35 billion in formula funding.
SECTION 2. The City Manager is hereby directed to send copies of this
appropriate elected officials.
ADOPTED this 7th day of March, 2005.