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Congressman Steve Knight Secures Funding

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will benefit local organizations

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Santa Clarita, CA, April 3, 2018 | Mitchell Chase (661) 441-0320) | comments

The Santa Clarita City Council hosted a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) press conference this morning at the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Senior Center to thank Representative Steve Knight for actively advocating retention of the CDBG program and supporting the inclusion of a generous amount of funding in the FY18 Omnibus funding for the federal government.  

Representative Steve Knight was presented a certificate from the Santa Clarita City Council. Local non-profit organizations that benefitted from the program were also in attendance to express their appreciation, including: SCV Senior Center, Bridge to Home, Boys & Girls Club, Carousel Ranch and Family Promise.

When President Trump originally proposed his FY18 budget, he eliminated funding for the CDBG Program. That is when Congressman Knight pushed back against the President’s planned cuts and was able to help restore the funding.  These funds have been a critical part of providing projects, programs, and services that benefit residents of the City of Santa Clarita for over 20 years.  In March 2018, a spending package was successfully passed and retained the CDBG program in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations funding bill and included an amendment with an additional $100 million over previous funding levels.

 “We were very delighted and encouraged to see an amendment by our very own, Representative Steve Knight, which increased funding for CDBG by $100 million, pass the House of Representatives in September of 2017,” said Mayor Weste. “These funds provide help that affects all aspects of life for residents in Santa Clarita. Everything from dental care for youth, to case management for families at risk of losing their housing; from new neighborhood parks, to accessibility improvements,” she added.

According to Representative Steve Knight, retaining the CDBG program was a team effort which included Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, the City Council and the communities all coming forward to show how important the funding was. “Without CDBG, you see gaps in the community programs. This was an important effort that we were able to accomplish. But while we won this battle, we have to continue to fight for this and make sure this continues to happen every year,” said Representative Knight.
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