Community Development Block Grants: Biggest losers in 2012

 

kdapena@MiamiHerald.com

Cities and counties across the nation are losing $356 trillion in direct federal funding for social services in fiscal year 2012 from the Community Development Block Grant fund program, known as CDBG. This 10.8 percent cut from 2011 will hurt cities nationwide, but none will be hit harder than those in Miami-Dade County.

Overall, South Florida cities and counties will suffer a 27 percent reduction in funds, which means meals for the elderly and after-school programs for kids face dramatic cutbacks that will hurt thousands of residents. Miami-Dade County and its cities face a 35 percent funding cut. Hialeah, a city in Miami-Dade County, leads the nation with a 47 percent slash. Broward County and its cities will face a 20 percent cut.

Click on a colored dot in the map below to see how an area's CDBG funding has changed.

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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