With the economy in the doldrums a lot of attention gets focused on what the City can do to contribute to an economic recovery. All the downtown projects are great examples of that.
But there’s more to your City government than economic development. City services still provide a much needed safety net — both in terms of physical safety like Fire and Police, and in social programs to fill gaps that people have a hard time filling on their own.
Despite the Federal budget issues, the good news is that the Feds still fund many of those safety net services under the umbrella of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG pot is smaller than it used to be but we still use those funds to cover a lot of needs in Kent.
Below I’ve included the 2010 CDBG program summary to give you a sense of how those funds get used to meet community needs.