May 25, 2017
NCDA’s President Participates in Congressional Roundtable Discussion in Support of CDBG and HOME
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, held a roundtable discussion on the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program with local elected officials, grantees and program partners. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) co-chaired the panel discussion.
CDBG and HOME make-up the core programs for NCDA’s members. The National Community Development Association (NCDA) was represented on the panel by its President, Bonnie Moore, Director of Community Development for the City of Shreveport, LA. The discussion focused on the use of CDBG and HOME, program outcomes and effectiveness, and the need to fight against the President’s proposal to eliminate the programs. Panelists shared examples of local CDBG- and HOME-funded projects and discussed the social and economic impact of the programs on local residents and communities. The event was attended by a multitude of House offices and the media.
President Trump has called for the elimination of both programs in his FY 2018 budget blueprint. Now is a critical time for communities to voice support for the programs as both the House and Senate will begin work on their FY 2018 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bills in the next couple of weeks.
For more information, please contact Vicki Watson, Executive Director, National Community Development Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.