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Vargas fights back on potential CDBG budget cuts

Haverhill receives over a quarter of a million dollars a year, which would be cut by White House budget.

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Vargas Advocates for CDBG Funding, Council Unanimously Approves Letter to Send to Congress & White House

March 2nd, 2017

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Councilor Andy Vargas urged the Trump administration and Congress not to cut Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for fiscal year 2018.

The Haverhill City Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilor Vargas to send a letter to the MA Congressional delegation and the White House, advocating for CDBG funding not to be cut. The Trump administration has cut CDBG funding completely for the FY18 budget. The city of Haverhill has received over three-quarters of a million dollars a year in CDBG funding. Heating assistance, affordable housing, poverty prevention, youth development, and other community development programs are funded by CDBG.

Vargas noted that several other cities and towns across the country have voiced their concerns and sent letters to the administration and Congress. Vargas said “I want to make sure that we go on the record voicing how important this funding is for our city.”

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