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Funding Cut Is Unavoidable

May 7, 2013

With the federal government reducing grants to towns and cities, Wheeling officials have no choice but to re-examine their priorities for funding quasi-government and independent organization....

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Newgirl

May-07-13 10:58 PM

"Council's CDBG proposal for the coming year calls for Health Right to receive $30,000. On Tuesday, several people urged council to resume supporting the agency. One, Ruth Osborne, said that without Health Right, "my parents wouldn't have lived as long as they did ..."

In addition to funding for Health Right, the CDBG proposal includes $50,026 to help the Wheeling Police Department keep city streets safe, $33,000 to provide minimal support for the Nelson Jordan Center, $10,000 for the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, $5,000 for the Greater Wheeling Homeless Coalition and $4,250 for the Seeing Hand Association."

So to take the entire budget for HRC, seems fair. If each of these other entities received 50% this year, and the HRC was given the chance to fundraise, and garner community support and donations for the upcoming year and future years, wouldn't everyone be happy?

If this is truly a MONEY issue, it seems that it could reasonably be resolved if everyone w

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Newgirl

May-07-13 10:54 PM

How can you say an organization that assists those who don't have any alternatives is not vital to the community? These other organizations have additional funding acailable. There are numerous places for assistance for those seeking what these other funded organizations offer, food and shelter are available, and correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't one of the Urgent Care places offer health coverage for $88? However, the Human Rights Commission is a one of a kind organization. How is saying that you could just send them to the State level, any different or better than saying those needing medical care should just go to Morgantown, or the Vets, or Urgent Care or up to Hancock County for dental or medical issues to be resolved? Clearly, these other organizations were able to survive in previous years with NO FUNDING from the CDBG in past years, yet this year, it wasn't even possible to provide the HRC with 50% of their previous budget? Something seems afoul.

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Hefner

May-07-13 9:41 AM

Agree. CDBG funding has been categorized by the government budget office as the most abused and mishandled of all government funding programs. Wheeling is no exception.

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