Cuts Force Erie to Find Money

Block Grant Money

A shift in federal policy means the city is not allowed to put as much of that block grant money into general fund programs.

The City of Erie faces a cut in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money that was earmarked for community policing, even though it is among Mayor Joe Schember’s top priorities.

Mayor Schember told Erie News Now Sunday a shift in federal policy means the city is not allowed to put as much of that block grant money into general fund programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently notified the city it is dropping from 22.6 percent to just 16 percent.

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