April 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges Appropriations Committee to Designate $3.3 Billion to HUD Community Development Funding in Fiscal Year 2018

Over the last 40 years, the CDBG program has invested more than $149 billion in communities nationwide and provided services helping over 133 million people

In FY 2016, Nevada received nearly $20 million in CDBG Funding

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), with 41 Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators to include $3.3 billion in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in the FY 2018 budget. CDBG is a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Over the last 40 years, the program invested more than $149 billion nationwide and provided services helping over 133 million people. In FY 2016, Nevada received $19,987,856 in CDBG Funding.

“We must continue to invest in economic development programs for the sake of our families and communities’ well-being,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “The CDBG program has given countless hardworking families across Nevada the opportunity for new jobs and quality housing, and we must ensure that this source of security for many is not eliminated. I will continue to fight for the protection of these funds in the United States Senate.”

CDBG funds are used for:

  • Acquiring and rehabilitating of properties that may be used for public works, historic preservation, or other public purposes;
  • Reconstruction of public facilities, neighborhood facilities, centers for seniors or people with disabilities, recreation facilities, and street lights;
  • Providing assistance to neighborhood-based organizations in support of economic development, housing assistance; or revitalization activities;
  • Micro-lending to jumpstart small businesses;
  • Redevelopment of land contaminated by environmental hazards;
  • Creation of revolving loan funds to support housing and job growth; and
  • Rehabilitation of housing for the middle-class;

Senator Cortez Masto joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D- Del.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Al Franken (D- Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Angus King Jr. (I-Maine), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Jeffrey Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

The full text of the Senators’ letter is included here.