Menendez, Degise Call For Increased CDBG Funding

Menendez, Degise Call For Increased CDBG Funding

Laud CDBG-Funded Projects at St. Joseph's School for the Blind

Jersey City - United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise for a tour of the St. Joseph's School for the Blind to view firsthand the positive results provided by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

"St. Joseph's School for the Blind is able to provide state-of-the-art services to visually impaired children in part due to Community Development Block Grant funding provided by County Executive DeGise," said Menendez. "This project is a prime example of the success of CDBG. Yet when the President sent us his proposed Fiscal Year 2008 budget, he cut over $800 million from the CDBG program. That means vital programs like the one here, would not have been able to move forward and provide assistance to needy residents.

"As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to devise a budget that better reflected America's belief in building stronger communities and restores the President's proposed cut of 21% to the CDBG program. But the budget is only a blueprint for Congress to follow, so we need to continue to work to ensure that CDBG remains a strong program."

"It's good to be here today to be reminded of the good work that happens every day," said DeGise. "Like this program, there are many others Hudson County is proud to fund through CDBG, including UCP, the PERC Center for Transitional and Emergency Sheltering, and Hudson Cradle, just to name a few. But each year the need greatly outweighs the CDBG funds available, which is why it's so important to have Senator Menendez fighting for this cause in Washington."

The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.

President Bush's proposed Fiscal Year 2008 budget included a reduction of more than $800 million for the CDBG program. Last week, the Senate approved the FY2008 Budget Conference Agreement, which provides resources for key programs like children's health care, education, and veterans' medical needs, and restored Bush's proposed cuts to CDBG funding.

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