On Monday, the City Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning (URRP) passed the $5.4 million community development block grant budget (CDBG), federal funds that will immediately impact Providence neighborhoods. CDBG funding includes substantial support to community centers like Federal Hill House and provides grants for economic development and public service programs across the city. Many public service grants help with unemployment, homelessness, public health, clothing insecurity, music education, and domestic violence resources/emergency housing. Some beneficiaries include established providers like Amos House, Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, and the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) chairs the committee (URRP). The budget ordinance will now go to the full council on May 19 for a first passage. A full breakdown of CDBG funds can be found here: CDGB 2022-2023