Block Grants

Todd Bookman/NHPR

New Hampshire’s United States Senators are criticizing proposed cuts to a federally funded grant program.

Both Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan spoke in Concord Wednesday about the importance of the Community Development Finance Authority. As former governors, the Democrats say they saw first-hand the results of the CDFA’s grant program, which funds projects including substance abuse treatment facilities, soup kitchens and municipal infrastructure.

Lakes Region Realty Group

A program that distributes grants to New Hampshire communities says it's delaying some awards due to congressional inaction in Washington.

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority uses a mix of state and federal money to support local projects, which range from new municipal septic systems in the town of Derry to substance abuse recovery centers in Manchester. A key source of funds for this program is the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, which in years past has contributed between $8-9 million to the program.

NHPR Staff

President Trump and Congressional Republicans are considering transforming  Medicaid - which provides health services to millions of low income people - to a block grant program. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is pitching the potential change as a way to better serve local needs, but it’s also one that carries risk.