Petition Campaign Aimed at Helping Preserve Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

On February 6, 2006, President Bush released his FY2007 budget to Congress with a proposed 25% cut to formula funding of the CDBG program. Last year the Department of Community and Human Development received $9,699,358 and this year the department received $8,726,983, a $972,375 cut. Each year CDBG is being cut and less money is coming to our community to serve the needs of our residents. CDBG is a proven program that can and will meet the performance and justification tests. If we cannot convince the President of the importance of this funding, then we must go to the Congress. After all, it is the Congress that provides CDBG with funding. We must ensure that our Congressional Delegates hear us loudly, clearly, and often. They must become re-educated and re-energized on the importance the CDBG program plays in their communities and district. Write or contact the Mayor, City Council Representatives, Congressman Sylvestre Reyes, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Senator John Cornyn to support our CDBG program.

The Department of Community and Human Development has petitions set up in all of our City buildings (City Hall, Libraries, Recreation and Senior Centers, Police Stations, Fire Stations and local agencies that have been funded with CDBG money). Please visit these sites and sign our petitions which will be sent out to Washington in support of keeping our CDBG Program alive.

These programs improve the quality of life to low-and-moderate income families as well as improving the neighborhoods they live in.

For more information about our CDBG Program, call (915) 541-4643.

THE WHITE HOUSE
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW o Washington, DC 20500
comments@whitehouse.gov

THE HONORABLE SILVESTRE REYES
United States House of Representatives
2433 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4316
Phone (202) 225-4831
http://wwwc.house.gov/reyes/voice_your_opinion.asp

THE HONORABLE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
United States Senate
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4302
Phone (202) 224-5922
http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm

THE HONORABLE JOHN CORNYN
United States Senate
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4304
Phone (202) 224-2934
http://cornyn.senate.gov/index.asp?f=contact&lid=1