Shaheen, Hassan Speak Out In Support Of Federal Block Grant Program
New Hampshire’s United States Senators are criticizing proposed cuts to a federally funded grant program.
Both Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan spoke in Concord Wednesday about the importance of the Community Development Finance Authority. As former governors, the Democrats say they saw first-hand the results of the CDFA’s grant program, which funds projects including substance abuse treatment facilities, soup kitchens and municipal infrastructure.
The CDFA receives approximately $8 million annually in Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hassan said those resources “fund essential programs for our most vulnerable of citizens.”
Last week, the CDFA announced it would be postponing some of its grants due to uncertainty created by short-term spending plans passed by Congress. Senator Shaheen criticized her Republican colleagues for failing to work together on a longer-term appropriations measure.