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RE: Fwd: City Faces New Community Development Block Grant Cuts

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Fwd: City Faces New Community Development Block Grant Cuts
  • From: "Jack Hale" jackh@knoxparks.org
  • Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 17:52:49 -0400

Hey New Yorkers-
Welcome to the club.  Here in Hartford we have been receiving CDBG funds
forever in support of community gardens, although not at the 7-figure level.
This year we learned that the feds, I believe in the form of the Inspector
General's office, decided that this use of CDBG is illegal both because we
were using the public facilities component of the funding for that purpose
but also because it violates the non-displacement rule.  What the latter
means is that CDBG money can't be used for purposes typically carried out by
city public works departments, at least that's the latest interpretation of
the rule.  Most humans would think it means you can't use the funds to cover
expenses already in your PW budget.  It's pretty clear that this is a
serious tightening of the reins in Washington, coming down, of course, on
folks who are poor, don't vote much, etc.
Interesting times.
JH

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of adam36055@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:38 PM
To: cybergardens@treebranch.com; community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Fwd: City Faces New Community Development Block Grant Cuts

 Friends,

Green Thumb and many public community gardening programs are funded by
Federal Community Block Grants.

In other words, without its Federal Community Development Block Grant, Green
Thumb could lose its $5,000,000 or so of funding. Green Thumb has never been
funded by the City of New York, so this could be quite serious. You can get
the complete document from the IBO ( Independent Budget Office) message
below.

Seems that I'm full of great news lately...:(

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: IBOenews <IBOenews@ibo.nyc.ny.us>
To: IBOenews <IBOenews@ibo.nyc.ny.us>
Sent: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 11:34:49 -0400
Subject: City Faces New Community Development Block Grant Cuts


New from IBO:

New York City uses its federal Community Development Block Grant to fund a
variety of programs--from housing maintenance to child care to cleaning
vacant lots. But federal funding of the block grant has been decreasing
since 2001, and another significant cut is on the Congressional agenda.

This new edition of Inside the Budget is included as an attached pdf file,
and is available on IBO's Web site at
www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/newsfax/insidethebudget141.pdf. To receive printed
versions of this or any other IBO publication, e-mail us at
ibo@ibo.nyc.ny.us or call (212) 442-0632. IBO also encourages you to forward
this e-mail to friends or colleagues who may be interested in its contents.
IBO welcomes your comments and questions about this report. To send us your
thoughts, simply click "reply" on this e-mail or send a new e-mail to us at
ibo@ibo.nyc.ny.us.
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Doug Turetsky
Chief of Staff/Communications Director
NYC Independent Budget Office
110 William Street, New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-442-0629/Cell: 917-513-7488
Fax: 212-442-0350
Get inside the budget--click here to receive IBO's free publications

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