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(WASHINGTON, DC) –Last night, Rep. Steve Knight’s amendment to the appropriations bill increasing funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) passed the house with a unanimous, bipartisan voice vote and is now officially added to the full appropriations bill for FY18. Appropriations bills are used to fund all federal programs and are passed annually.

“Community Development Block Grants have been a tremendous asset to states and local governments across the country that are looking for extra assistance keeping their communities safe and providing services to those who need it the most,” said Rep. Steve Knight. "Back home in California’s 25th District, CDBG funds are awarded to numerous non-profit organizations that do significant and far-reaching work for constituents. Securing funding for these grant programs to the FY17 level is not only a good thing for our communities but a necessary contribution from Congress directly impacting the lives of our constituents. I thank my colleagues for their support on this bipartisan issue.”

The funds provided by these grants pay for public services, housing rehabilitation, infrastructure and public improvements at both the state and local levels. President Trump’s original budget stripped all CDBG funds. Rep. Knight worked with the House Appropriations Committee to ensure there would be funding in the initial base funding bill which totaled $2.9 billion. With the passage of Knight’s amendment yesterday, an additional $100 million will be granted to mirror previous year’s appropriations totaling $3 billion. The full federal government funding bill for FY18 is expected to allocate $1.1 trillion for federal programs and agencies to operate.

“I am very thankful to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart and the entire Appropriations Committee for all of their help and support ensuring these grants stay alive for the sake of our communities’ improvements,” said Knight.

In the 2015-16 fiscal year, Santa Clarita used over $300,000 worth of CDBG funding. This provided the city with affordable and rehabilitating housing programs, early childhood services, mental health counseling and accessibility for those under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The City also used the funding for grant programs like Bridge to Home, domestic violence victim support centers, and summer youth development programs.

“Santa Clarita residents greatly benefit from the projects that these community grants fund. Making our sidewalks and city more ADA accessible, supporting youth programs and access to mental health services creates a greater and more appealing community. I look forward to seeing more of the great work that will be done for Santa Clarita,” said Knight.

The full Appropriations Bill is expected to be voted on sometime tomorrow.