Section 106-140; Res. 48-05; Expressing support for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program


Council Bill No.          R 48-05          


A RESOLUTION

expressing support for the Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) program.

    WHEREAS, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the centerpiece of 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 needs; and

    WHEREAS, throughout its 30-year history, the CDBG program has been a partnership of the 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 dilapidated structures.

    WHEREAS, the President’s FY 2006 budget proposes to cut the CDBG program by $1.16 billion or by 35% from FY 2005 funding levels; and

    WHEREAS, the President’s FY 2006 budget proposes to transfer the CDBG program from the 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 City’s 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 resolution to appropriate elected officials.

    ADOPTED this 7th day of March, 2005.