ICYMI: Committee Democrats Host Panel on Protecting Critical Community Development Programs
Last week, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), Vice Ranking Member Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Ranking Member Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), hosted a roundtable discussion on how the Trump Administration’s full budget request would create suffering for whole communities; increase poverty, hunger and homelessness; and reduce economic development opportunities across the nation.
“[Trump’s budget] proposal is to zero out [CDBG and HOME] altogether. This is going to be very harmful to the continuance of some of the programs and some of the assistance that your towns had for various operations in your communities.”
- Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA)
“With CDBG we have had a flexible tool to allow communities to tailor their particular needs to those resources to fight blight, to clean up empty spaces to rebuild, to support affordable housing to support the essential services whatever they may be, and help the community get itself back up on its feet again”
- Vice Ranking Member Dan Kildee (D-MI)
“What I want to talk to you about is the complete zeroing out of CDBG and HOME and how this is devastating to the cities, but it is even more devastating to rural areas.”
- Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Ranking Member Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
The featured panelists included: The Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of the City of Gary, Indiana; The Honorable David P. Helms, Mayor of the Town of Marion, Virginia; The Honorable Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania; The Honorable Renee Price, Commissioner, Orange County, North Carolina; Robin Hughes, President & CEO, Abode Communities, Los Angeles; Bonnie Moore, Director of Community Development, City of Shreveport, Louisiana and President of National Community Development Association; Bill Shelton, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and Council of State Community Development Agencies; and Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director, N Street Village, Washington D.C.