Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)Reduction to NYC of $122 million
New York City uses CDBG funds to enforce building code, eradicate blight, improve access to affordablehousing and encourage economic activity across approximately 20 City agencies. The proposed Housebudget cut of CDBG by 66% would significantly impact essential City services. Approximately 60% of
CDBG funds are utilized at the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
,which pays for 1100 City HPD employees to maintain safe and habitable building conditions for all NewYorkers. These services include residential code enforcement and emergency repairs of dilapidatedprivate housing stock which are essential to maintaining neighborhoods, keeping people in their homesand preventing homelessness.
These employees are inspectors who respond to complaints for lack of heatand water, emergency repair staff and those who provide emergency shelter for families due to poorhousing maintenance.CDBG also funds much of the work done by the Department of City Planning (DCP). DCP receives over$12 million of CDBG funds annually. DCP uses CDBG to pay for staff that performs comprehensiveplanning functions on both citywide and borough levels, in numerous agency divisions including allborough offices. In the past nine years the City has adopted 109 neighborhood rezoning plans, covering
one quarter of the city’s land area. Cuts would require staff layoffs as well as closure of several offices.
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)Reduction to NYC of $12 million
The $87 million cut to federal UASI funding, a grant program created in response to 9/11, would reducethe training, equipment, and planning resources made available to high-threat, high-density areas.
TheUASI program focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas, with a top tier of funding for the 10 highest risk cities in the U.S. The estimated $12 million that the City is expected tolose would mean fewer boots-on-the-ground, less technological capacity (cameras, sensors), and reverseprogress made in our ability to prevent, monitor and respond to terrorist threats. The impact of UASI cutswill affect ongoing counter terrorism operations, investments in public safety communications, corecompetency training in police and fire, public health readiness, and overall emergency preparedness.
Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) and State Homeland Security Grant Program(SHSGP)Reduction to NYC of $10 million
TSGP and SHSGP are important pieces of the national effort to strengthen homeland security
preparedness, including the security of America’s critical transp
ortation infrastructure. The reductions inboth grants impact programs that integrate anti-terrorist policing in transportation systems along withincreased transportation security surveillance and detection systems. NYC is the highest density city inthe nation with commuter and long distance rail, bus, and ferry services that all need protection. Thesefunds support prevention and detection goals such as explosives screening and detection, along withstrategic surveillance.
Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Reduction to NYC of $38 million and $13 million
Title I provides financial assistance to schools with high percentages of poor children to help ensure thatthey meet state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through formulas that are basedon poverty. New York City would lose $38 million from Title I - this is the equivalent of 540 teachersand would come on top of the layoffs the City Department of Education already faces based on City andState proposed reductions and the loss of federal stimulus monies.
IDEA which provides funding formandated services for disabled children would also be reduced by approximately $13 million.