Possible cuts in the the proposed federal budget could affect Rapid City, reports the Rapid City Journal.
President Trump's budget includes a 13.2 percent decrease in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This cut would result in the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), which awarded $5.2 million to South Dakota last year. The CDBG program funds Black Hills Habitat for Humanity, allowing them to build new homes in the last 10 years. These homes and their residents are projected to generate more than $330,000 in tax revenue over the next 10 years. The Habitat for Humanity executive director says the CDBG program is the only tool available to fund their housing and infrastructure projects. Eliminating the CDBG program could also have the result of closing down the Rapid City Community Development division, made up of a manger and four staff members.
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