The show-down is over. Members of the budget commission gave final approval to a Community Development Block Grant budget. The plan that parces out approximately $684,000 in funds allocates less to social service programs and more to business-generation initiatives, bucking the wishes of the East Providence City Council.
During the last Thursday's budget commission meeting, a director of Samaritans R.I., a suicide prevention program, asked for a $500 to fund the program during the meeting. No action was taken on the response.
Technically another 30 day public comment period has started to allow the public the time to respond to the latest proposed budget presented during the latest public hearing.
Under the budget approved by the commission, $403,340 will be allocated to economic development, and $71,330 will be allocated toward social service programs and approximately $78,000 will be allocated toward affordable housing. Certain that work with domestic violence sexual abuse victims will be .
The David Bachrach, the director of Community Development, is required to submit an action to HUD by Aug. 15 or risk losing next year's funds.
Click on the attached .pdf to read over the budget. The budget commission approved "Option D."