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NYC Impact

NYC Impact

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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.
 
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)Reduction to NYC of $30 million
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) would be reduced by approximately 48% from FY 10 levels. Thisreduction would result in the City drastically cutting back Workforce1 and Business Solution Centers.These centers connect employers to skilled job candidates and provide job placement services to NewYork City's workforce. Workforce1 Career Centers are located throughout the five boroughs and provide job seekers with job matching, job preparation, and career advisement services. Furthermore, the cut
would drastically reduce the City’s Out of School Youth initiative which provides nation’s largest WIA
-funded youth employment and training programs.
Head StartReduction to NYC of $28 million
Head Start offers educational programs for children age Three to five, and a wide variety of support
services for their families. The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) sponsors more than 250
Head Start centers in neighborhoods throughout New York City. Every one of them offers a safe, caringenvironment where both children and parents come for free. There are currently 19,300 children enrolledin Head Start in New York City. This program would lose approximately 15% of its funding under theproposal.
Public Housing Operating and Capital FundReduction to NYC of $9 million and $130 million
There are also reductions to public housing operating and capital funds that go to the New York CityHousing Authority (NYCHA)
 – 
the largest public housing agency in the country. HUD's operatingsubsidy is essential for NYCHA to cover the gap between the costs of operating and maintainingapproximately 178,500 public housing apartments in 334 developments and the money collected fromresidents in rent. This budget would reduce that amount by approximately $9 million.The Capital Fund provides funds annually to Public Housing Agencies for capital and managementactivities, including modernization and development of public housing. NYCHA has a large backlog of unfunded capital needs and depends on this federal subsidy to keep residents safe in their housing. Thisbudget would reduce the capital subsidy to NYCHA by approximately $130 million. If enacted, thiswould be the lowest allocation of capital funding in nearly 15 years.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)Reduction to NYC of $14 million
CSBG provides funding for programs for youth, families, seniors, and immigrants at more than 200community-based organizations and serves 30,000 people. This includes seniors who obtain assistanceallowing them to remain in their own homes and continue living independently and adults who receiveliteracy instruction, English language classes and job training that are essential for achieving economic
independence. In FY ’10 the City
received $32m in CSBG.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) EmergencyReduction to NYC of $4.4 million
The LIHEAP emergency program provides assistance to low income New Yorkers. Funding for thisprogram is reduced by 66%.
Transportation
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TIGER and FTA Capital grantsReduction to NYC of $40 million
This budget would cut all TIGER 2 grants, including $10 million for Fordham Plaza and $1.5 million forthe Sheridan study
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both projects in the Bronx that the City was awarded several months ago. It wouldalso fail to fund the Nostrand Avenue Bus Rapid Transit program for $28 million.

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