Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced H.R. 2183, the CDBG Public Services Flexibility Act of 2011, on June 15. The bill would increase the portion of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding that can be used for public services from 15% to 25%. The new flexibility would make it easier for local agencies providing a range of social services to receive grants. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and has five co-sponsors.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced a similar bill on May 4 that would provide the same increase in the portion of CDBG funds available to public service projects.