Source: Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD) Press Release, Josh Hanford, 6/28/11 Governor Shumlin and the State of VT announced $2.1M in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011. The Community Development Block Grants Program is through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “The program helps Vermonters by developing affordable housing, creating jobs, making town halls and community centers accessible by those with disabilities and providing services for people in need.” The grant awards went to 7 community projects throughout the state. The affordable housing agencies that received grants are: The Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. See all of the grant recipients below and a description of the projects being funded. “The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval by Secretary Miller. For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm.” The Community Development Fund is one of the federal programs that took a huge hit in the FY11 budget, with most programs being zeroed out completely or reduced drastically. To see the impacts on the FY11 cuts to this program and other HUD programs, click here: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/FY11_12_Budget_Chart_HUD.pdf. As you can see, these programs go to work in our communities and greatly impact the state of Vermont. It is vital to continue to tell your representatives individual stories on how this funding has helped your community, and what the effects of the cuts mean to you.
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