Asking the federal officials at HUD for more money used in the city to help senior citizens live independent lives and help homeless women get into a home hangs on a thread. Congress decided to not make a move, before July sessions ended, on an appropriations bill that would cut Community Development Block Grant funds to less than two thirds the money handed out in the country last year.
Rep. SHelly Moore Capito (West Virginia) did get a voiced OK on lowering the cut back 350 million dollars by cutting a list of other HUD investments not considered worth the federal outlay at this time the national debt approaches 17 trillion dollars, as the legislator, concerned over unjust failures to give locals in her state safe drinking water they do not have to drive to pick up, told the House on the floor. But, stripping near a billion dollars in CDBG funds out of Rep. Tom Latham's (Iowa) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Act of 2014, H.R. 2610, would seriously limit local incentives to invest in recoveries in low income and low resource communities.
Before the decision to leave work on the appropriations unfinished, Rep. Juan Vargas (San Diego), disappointed in deals that leave locals lacking the money needed to make their communities grow, said, "I will continue to fight for the less fortunate." The price of putting low income San DIegans, and veterans, into affordable housing will leave the local funds unfit for paying the the community investment bills.
Next year, locals in need of help from a CDBG funded program might find they have to fend for themselves. A predicament Vargas does not want to try to overcome using the limited money San Diego has to use on the programs. Children are at risk of getting left out of the city's plans.
The federal Office of Community Planning and Development will have to plan on falling short on the federal investment plans. Funds for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation also can expect to lose funds. A loss that will limit success of one of the more successful investment strategies that has worked in the San Diego area, and prevented hard luck work stories from stopping recoveries in communities CDBG funds are not enough, or, do not make up a piece of the investment in a community in the southern California area.
Making plans to cut CDBG funds by close to 50 percent unnecessary prevented the worst for 2014. But, recovery progress in San Diego's communities on the edge of desperation on investments still can die in Washington.
This is an On The Watch Take.