City Council Hosts Thank You Press Event for Community Development Block Grant
The Santa Clarita City Council hosted a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) press conference, led by Mayor Laurene Weste, this morning at the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Senior Center to thank Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Steve Knight for actively advocating retention of the CDBG program and supporting the inclusion of a generous amount of funding in the FY 18 budget.
Representative Steve Knight and Jeanette Cheng, field representative from Senator Feinstein’s office, were present to receive certificates 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 FY 18 budget, he eliminated funding for the CDBG Program. The program has been a critical part of providing projects, programs and services that benefit the lower income residents of the City of Santa Clarita for over 20 years. In March of 2018, a spending package was successfully passed and retained the CDBG program in the FY 18 federal budget.
“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 the senators, the City Council and the communities all coming forward to show how important the funding was. “Without CDBG, you see gaps in the community. This was a good task that we were able to accomplish. But remember, the task is not done; we have to continue to fight for this and make sure this continues to happen every year,” said Representative Knight.
“The funds are getting down to the people that my colleagues and I serve, and individuals who need the support in their daily lives. The funds do make a difference,” said Suzanne Nelson, Director of Support Services from the SCV Senior Center.
“We hold moments like this very dear in Santa Clarita, where the whole community and our electeds have all pulled together,” said Mayor Weste.
For more information about this event or the CDBG program, please contact Administrative Analyst Masis Hagobian at (661) 286-4057 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.