Friday, March 12, 2010

CAC gets reduced funding

By Seann McAnally

The Community Assistance Council - the only "lifeline" program for the needy in South Kansas City - will have to make due with less this next fiscal year.

The Kansas City Council on March 11 approved disbursement of federal Community Development Block Grant funds as part of the 2010-11 budget process.

CAC's funding has been a subject of controversy and concern at several public hearings on the budget.

The organization will receive some $180,000, including $15,000 that must be earmarked for certain services - in other words, it cannot be used for operating expenses such as salaries.

Last year, CAC received some $240,000.

The picture is not as bleak as it might have been. At zero hour, Councilman John Sharp was able to drive home a request for $63,0000 more than CAC was originally slated to receive.

Sharp called it "outrageous" that city staff had originally recommended zero funding for the organization.

CAC provides food, housing and utility assistance to needy families in the South Kansas City area.

For more, including how CAC officials plan to deal with the drop in funding, see the March 18 print edition of the Advocate.

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