'Flexible Federal Funding: Examining the Community Development Block Grant Program and Its Impact on Addressing Local Challenges': Testimony of Joseph V. Jaroscak, Before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, June 16, 2021 [open pdf - 841KB]
This is the June 16, 2021 testimony of Joseph V. Jaroscak on "Flexible Federal Funding: Examining the Community Development Block Grant Program and Its Impact on Addressing Local Challenges" before the House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance. From the Introduction: The CDBG [Community Development Block Grant] program is a primary source of flexible federal funding to states, localities, and insular areas for economic and community development, and other related purposes. The program was originally authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, P.L. [Public Law] 93-383, with the primary purpose of establishing and maintaining viable urban communities through the implementation of activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG is one of approximately 23 authorized federal block grant programs. [...] Congress plays a primary role in determining the scope and nature of the federal grant-in-aid system. As a deliberative and legislative body, Congress selects objectives, decides which grant mechanism is best suited to achieve those objectives, and creates legislation to achieve these objectives, which incorporates its chosen grant mechanism."
CRS Testimony for Congress, TE10065
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