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  • Community Development Block Grants

    by Representative Brian Higgins

    Posted on 2014-06-11

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    HIGGINS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I am grateful that yesterday the House adopted my amendment to prevent communities that have experienced recent population loss from being excluded from the Community Development Block Grant program.

    Since the creation of the Community Development Block Grant program in 1974, HUD has designated ``entitlement communities,'' which included cities with a population of at least 50,000. For 40 years, HUD has allowed cities that have had their populations fall below 50,000 to continue to participate in the program.

    Unfortunately, HUD signaled a desire to change course and to remove these cities from the program. This would have devastated 127 cities in 31 States, including the city of Niagara Falls in my congressional district.

    The Community Development Block Grant program has become a foundation for community and economic development across the Nation and in western New York.

    I am pleased that communities who rely on this funding will continue to have access to this critical resource.


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