Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This City's Implementation of CDBGs Gives Me the Heebie-Jeebies

Amongst the most important sources of federal rebuilding dollars we have available to us is Community Development Block Grants, administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Thankfully we had a greedy political hack out to reward supporters of George W. Bush running the helm at HUD and negotiating the strings of the purse we so desperately need to open.


So even though he resigned in disgrace earlier this year, the administration of our precious post-Katrina CDBG rebuilding funds has been almost entirely in his hands.

Here are three critical recovery projects we have already spent, just approved spending, or are currently proposing to spend our limited CDBG money on:

NOAH: The Mayor's Home Remediation Program

NOBC: Reinventing the Crescent

The RSD and OPSB: School Facilities Master Plan

So we're using the money allocated to help at-risk communities for fraud, profit, and to permanently castrate the city's public education infrastructure.

Brilliant.

2 comments:

Civitch said...

Is ANYONE in this administration establishing priorities? Soliciting public input for how federal dollars should be spent? I'm just wondering what criteria was used to fund these projects when there are hundreds of others, many - and I'm going out on a limb here - possibly more worthy.

E said...

I don't think you're going out on a limb.