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The Trump Administration has proposed to eliminate all funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), threatening the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s (CEOGC) ability to provide personal and professional development workshops, job training programs and emergency services to thousands of low-income families across Cuyahoga County.

CEOGC uses the federal dollars from CSBG and LIHEAP to serve more than 22,000 Cuyahoga County residents annually by giving low-income families and individuals, including the elderly and residents with disabilities, assistance with heating and cooling bills and utility payments; helping people find and keep jobs in the area through job preparedness classes; as well as providing counseling, domestic violence and anger management workshops, computer training courses and more.

“If the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts pass, the impact would be devastating,” said Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, president and CEO of CEOGC. “Tens of thousands of Cuyahoga County’s most vulnerable residents would be affected. These individuals could be left without heat for their homes and the help they need to maintain and improve their lives.”

CEOGC also employs nearly 80 people through its CSBG and HEAP programs.

David Bradley, CEO of National Community Action Foundation, which represents Community Action Agencies like CEOGC said, “Cutting CSBG, flexible local dollars that create opportunity for 16 million people across the country, a program with bipartisan support in Congress, abandons every community in America and burdens local communities. Congress, Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate, will not accept this cut.”