Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 050749
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File Number: 050749 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-422-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: SUPPORT CDBG PROGRAM & URGE CONGRESS TO RESTORE FUNDING Introduced: 3/18/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/5/2005
Agenda Date: 4/5/2005 Agenda Item Number: 11A27
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM AND URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RESTORE ITS FUNDING [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 050613]
Indexes: CDBG FUNDS
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/5/2005 11A27 Adopted P

County Attorney 3/18/2005 Assigned Shannon D. Summerset 3/18/2005

Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 3/8/2005 2A AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Chairman Rolle stated that Commissioners Jordan and Sorenson would be listed as cosponsors on the foregoing proposed resolution. The amendment offered by Commissioner Jordan to urge the United States Congress to retain the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development was outlined in the proposed resolution as presented. Commissioner Rolle, as sponsor of the foregoing resolution, relinquished the Chair to Vice Chairwoman Jordan. Commissioner Sorenson stated that the County should encourage other municipalities to adopt a similar resolution. In response Commissioner Sorenson, Assistant County Manager Tony Crapp, Sr. stated that prior to today’s Committee meeting County staff convened the first meeting between County staff and its municipal partners to discuss the foregoing proposed resolution. He noted that representatives from the Cities of Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami and Hialeah attended and a copy of this resolution was provided to those municipalities. Mr. Crapp indicated that the Miami-Dade County League of Cities would also be provided a copy of this resolution. Commissioner Jordan asked that the Dade Delegation be provided with a copy of the foregoing proposed resolution. Upon concluding their discussion, the foregoing proposed resolution was forwarded with a favorable recommendation to the County Commission with the following Committee amendment(s): -to urge the United States Congress to preserve the Community Development Block Grant Program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, -to direct the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chair and members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation, and to the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, -to include this information in the County's 2005 Federal Legislative Package, and -to urge other municipalities within Miami-Dade County to adopt a similar resolution. Assistant County Manager Tony Crapp, Sr. stated staff would request that the foregoing proposed resolution be heard at the March 15, 2005, County Commission meeting.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM AND URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RESTORE ITS FUNDING

BODY
WHEREAS, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was enacted, and signed into law by President Gerald Ford, as the centerpiece of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; and
WHEREAS, the CDBG program has as its primary objective "... the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income;"; and
WHEREAS, the CDBG program has considerable flexibility to allow communities to carry out activities that are tailored to their unique affordable housing, economic development, public service, capital improvement and other neighborhood revitalization needs; and
WHEREAS, throughout its 30-year history, the CDBG program has been a partnership among the federal, state and local governments, business, and the nonprofit sector which carry out activities that improve the lives and neighborhoods of low and moderate income persons and families; and
WHEREAS, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD), in FY 2004 CDBG provided funds for thousands of activities, assisting over 23 million persons and households through such activities as expanding homeownership activities, eliminating slums and blighting influences, improving infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, libraries, community centers, adult day care and after school care for children, homeless housing facilities, employment training, transportation services, crime awareness, and business and job creation; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County allocates CDBG funds in the approximate amount of $22 million annually to fund a wide variety of CDBG eligible programs, projects and activities that address the needs of underdeveloped and underserved areas, and which are targeted to meet the needs of very-low, low- and moderate-income persons; and
WHEREAS, the President's FY 2006 budget proposes to completely eliminate the CDBG program; and
WHEREAS, should such a proposal be enacted, it would have a particularly devastating impact on Miami-Dade County's CDBG program by forcing the elimination of vital programs and services, including but not limited to, (1) public service programs that address the needs of children, elderly residents, and persons with disabilities, (2) economic development programs that provide assistance to new and existing businesses that create and retain critically needed jobs that principally benefit low and moderate income persons, and (3) funding support for the development of affordable rental and homeownership housing projects,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida hereby calls on the United States Congress to preserve the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development and provide FY 2006 funding of at least $4.7 billion overall, with no less than $4.35 billion in formula funding.

Section 2. The Board urges Congress to keep the CDBG Program located within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and not move it to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Section 3. The Board urges the cities in Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade League of Cities to support these legislative priorities.
Section 4. Directs the Clerk of the Board to send a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Chair and members of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation.
Section 5. Directs the County's lobbyists to advocate for this issue, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include it in the Miami-Dade County Federal Legislative Package.



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