The Trump Administration is said to have plans to abolish the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), however Mayor Jimmy Davis is not letting that happen without a fight.
The program began during the Republican Administration of President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 and is a federal program that gives cities and counties funds for local social services, street-paving, building repairs, park improvements, and other programs.
Mayor Davis said, “The City of Bayonne relies on the CDBG for helping to fund our annual street-paving program. The CDBG also provides funds for our senior nutrition programs, park renovations, and aid to local non-profit organizations.” Mayor Davis continued, “If the Trump Administration succeeds at eliminating the Community Development Block Grant, Bayonne would suffer. Meals on Wheels and other senior nutrition, street-paving, social services, and park and building repairs would be put at risk. This would be a disaster.”
A joint statement was recently issued by the leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities stating “Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are the heart, lungs, and backbone of cities and counties, small, medium, and large. By eliminating or cutting them, the Administration mortally wounds the places where the majority of Americans live, work, and play. Such a move risks ending or harming programs that keep Americans safe, help them find better-paying jobs, improve their health, and keep public facilities in good shape. It is an attack on places the President said he wanted to help.”
New Jersey communities combined have been receiving $81 million from the CDBG in the past year and the City of Bayonne has received about $1.4 million per year in CDBG funding.
Dr. Ben Carson is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410. Mayor Davis is calling upon all residents to express their concerns about saving the CDBG to Dr. Carsen. He is also asking Bayonne residents to thank New Jersey’s U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez , and Cory Booker, and Bayonne’s Congressmen, Albio Sires and Donald Payne, Jr., for supporting the CDBG.