A $200 million dollar cut in block grant programs nationwide may eventually cut into the pool of money available to help the poor in the grand valley. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development cuts are taking $2.2 million dollars from Colorado's share of the $4 billion dollar block grant program.
Those grants help fund a variety of programs, from helping battered children, to finding homes for people with AIDS, to helping fund affordable housing programs. An official with the Grand Junction Housing Authority said the city council fully backs the affordable housing program here.
That helps the authority weather some of the problems other organizations face with declining funding.
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