Mayor Setti Warren Speaks out Against President Trump’s Plan to Eliminate CDBG Funds at Local Event Celebrating National Community Development Week


Ribbon cutting for updated facilities at Dare Family Services made with CDBG funding


Newton, MA – Earlier today, Mayor Setti Warren, the Newton Planning Department, and Dare Family Services leadership, staff, and residents gathered to celebrate recent property renovations accomplished with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.


“The Dare Family Services project exemplifies why the CDBG program is vital to our communities,” said Mayor Warren. “At a time when many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet, President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to CDBG would be disastrous – making our cities less safe, less healthy, and more expensive to live in. The impact of the CDBG program is evident here in Newton: seven individuals with disabilities now have a more accessible, beautiful building to call home.”


In celebration of National Community Development Week, the event highlighted the importance of CDBG funding in communities across the country. The renovations to this site – including installation of two new heating systems, ADA-compliant bathrooms and ramps, widening of doorways, reconstruction of a degraded deck and a new lift – would not have been possible without CDBG funds.


“Dare Family Services could not have asked for a better collaborator than the City of Newton,” said Dare Family Services Board Chair James McDaniel. “By making CDBG funding available to renovate and upgrade this property, the City of Newton has continued a 24-year history of supporting this program and allowing the residents to enjoy a decent and safe home in their own community.”


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