Concord: Survey Seeks Input on Spending Federal Dollars

May 29, 2014 18:00 pm · 16 comments

Federal funding is available for projects and programs that serve low-income residents in Concord, and in an effort to decide how the funds will be spent, the City of Concord and the Contra Costa Consortium are seeking community input through an online survey at

The deadline to take the survey is June 30.

Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, and Contra Costa County receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds. Additionally, the county receives Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) funding every year. Over a five year period, these funds will total over $90 million.

Concord’s share of the funding is currently used for improving accessibility of sidewalks and curb ramps, housing rehabilitation, multi-family housing code enforcement, and providing grants to local non–profit organizations that provide services and programs to low-income residents.

For more information, contact Marla Parada, Program Manager at

Jim May 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Like they’d actually use our suggestions

The Left would say... May 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“Give the County’s housing programs staff a raise and a bonus for their hard work. It’s only a small percentage of the $90 million. Don’t you know how much time and effort is expended in getting this free money?”

Julio May 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Best thing going is being a non-profit. You think welfare people have it good. Non-profits are bigger crooks. CDBG money Oh boy! easy to get. Free federal money. They stand in line to get the money every year.

Always Right May 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM

What are “Federal Dollars”? Why are we so anxious to spend them?

And if we spend them, whose children and grandchildren are going to have to pay them back?

Subterfuge May 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

@always right;
What’s your concern about when and how the federal gov’t pays it back? Do you work for the treasury department?

Always Right May 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

@Subterfuge – every child born today is inheriting around $100,000 in federal debt – federal dollars – they will pay off over their life times in the form of higher interest rates, higher inflation,etc. That is my concern.

My kids and grandkids will suffer for the largess of those in Washington handing out these “federal dollars” today.

Noj May 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Repave Ygnacio Valley Road.

annon May 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I say raze more old buildings. I love the look of entire square blocks of fenced in desolation.

Barbosa May 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Give it as bonus to our underpaid overworked Bart train operators.

Horse n around May 30, 2014 at 7:28 AM

It say’s that they use some of the money for multi-family housing code enforcement. Have they been looking in the right places? That whole area around Ellis Lake is in violation.

cornfed May 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

How about giving it back to its righful owners, the people who earned it.

Subterfuge May 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

As a percentage of GDP our dept is not very high at all. The debt has been at times higher and lower throughout the history of this nation. I always fund it funny when people break down the debt in a per capita basis, because that basis actually means nothing.

Always Right May 30, 2014 at 5:38 PM

@Subterfuge – Today’s Federal Debt is $17,707,112,586,000. That is over 100% of current GDP. When Bush left office it was “only” 62% of GDP.

This figure does not include state and local government debt. Add that in and we are well over $20 trillion dollars in the hole.

The “per capita” number of about $53,000 is misleading, I agree. It is misleading because it would average out a debt that is not repaid equally by everyone. For example, an 80 year old man will not live long enough to pay back any meaningful part of the debt. A child born today, however, will have twice the debt burden of the “per capita” rate. Babies born today are burdened by over $100,000 in debt. This is a BIG DEAL, and is an IMMORAL theft by one generation from another.

You can’t out–drink an alcoholic, and you can’t out-spend a democrat.

Dennis May 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Our children and grandchildren will never pay it off, because every year politicians dream up new spending programs that increase the debt, rather than removing it.

Sort of like asking your credit card company to increase your limit, because you need the loan to pay all your other bills. And then you go out and commit yourself to another $500/mo to buy a new car.

give the $$$ back to those who earned it. And fire the politicians who keep spending it.

foonman May 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM

The country is coming to an end, as we knew it, this new third world nation of our will continue to borrow money to shore up failing countries in other parts of the world…………….we are doomed……has anyone heard the plan from congress, senate, white house, etc? No and you wont. Does anyone in government even talk about trying to get us out of the hole? This is not what I was taught in school. We,ve got to stop spending tax dollars on ourselves and fix this country or it wont be here…………..

cornfed May 31, 2014 at 6:04 AM

What the last three posters said.

It’s over.

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