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WL CDBG funding cut

Social service programs in West Lafayette are losing some federal funding, but not as much as officials thought.

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development is cutting the amount of Community Development Block Grants to the city by 4.3-percent next year.

However, Director of Development Chandler Poole was expecting more than three times that amount.

He says the city braced for a cut of up to 15-percent.

Poole says the decrease still means less money will go to services such as those for the homeless and elderly.

Food Finders Food Bank, YWCA, and Lafayette Urban Ministry are among the agencies that benefit from grant.

The majority of the 382-thousand the city received last year went to cover sidewalk and curb replacement.