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Wichita's four neighborhood city halls and a summer youth activity program will get less funding because of cuts in federal block grants.
Housing and Community Services Director Mary K. Vaughn will present an application to the city council Tuesday for community services block grants (CSBG). She said the city has been told to expect the grant to be cut in half this year, which would mean $500,000 for community programs.
Vaughn said the purpose of the grant is to provide programs that will help low-income residents. The block grant will be targeted toward employment services for adults and youth. She said tough choices had to be made, and some programs will get reduced funding or no funding from the CSBG money.
Vaughn said the neighborhood city halls are funded through the end of this year, but the city manager and the city council would have to look for other sources and determine if they can continue at the same level in 2014. Vaughn also said funding would be eliminated for the Project Access program that helps low income families with health care needs.