Looming federal cuts to impact local families

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - Decisions made on Capitol Hill could strip millions of dollars from low income Amarillo residents.

The Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG helps the City provide housing and urban development services for area residents.

"We have a lot of people who are low to moderate income. This helps improve their quality of life, that is why it is so important." said Donna Wickes, Community Development Director for the City of Amarillo.

President Obama has proposed a 7.5 % cut to CDBG, but there are talks in Washington of slashing the program all together. Wickes says, a cut under 10 percent would be OK for Amarillo, anything over that, she says would be difficult to handle.In 2010, the City received nearly 1.8 million dollars from CDBG. That money has gone towards projects like our new splash pads,  and the sidewalk along Hughes street.