The president's proposed cuts slashes
Community Action receives about
"These aren't giveaway programs. These programs help those in crisis," said
Tubbs said he did not expect level funding this year, as the program has had for the past four to five years, but the president's proposal to eliminate the program was a surprise.
The city uses the block grants to fund public facilities and programs like Decatur Youth Services, the senior citizens program at
Community Action also uses the CDBG funds to provide energy assistance for elderly and low-income residents during summer and winter months.
If the CDBG program is cut from the federal budget, these programs will likely be cut as well, Tubbs said.
"If we cut energy assistance for vulnerable families, then this a health issue," Tubbs said. "There are not enough churches or private money to fund these programs."
Not only will these programs be cut, the staff to implement the programs will also lose their jobs.
"If I don't have grants, I don't have staff. We all go home, including me," Tubbs said.
Stover said a
However, the Trump administration is the not the first to propose major cuts to the
"We have to remember that this is still just a proposal," Stover said.
He said he hopes
Tubbs said his hope is that
"I don't want our country to spend more than we make. But some of programs that are proposed to be cut take the heart out of what country we are," he said. "I believe in good national defense and homeland security, but a cut is easier to manage in incremental steps rather than all at once."
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