City looks to residents for feedback to stop poverty

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)- The city of Jonesboro is getting half-a-million dollars in Federal Block Grants to help stop poverty, but first they must decide how to spend it. The city is holding public meetings for resident input. The first meeting was held Thursday night at Parker Park Community Center.

"We're getting a lot of national recognition because we are a CDBG (Community development block grant) program that is citizen driven and so we're looking for tonight is our citizens coming in and showing us exactly what their needs are because there is no way a city can come in and say, this is what you need, I mean..we need to hear that from them" says Jonesboro Director of Community Development Gayle Vickers.

The block grants are provided annually to cities with population 50,000 or over.  "It is an entitlement program that is limited to low-income or moderate persons and the whole purpose of the program is to help break the poverty cycle and get people in sub-stainable living arrangements" says Vickers.

The next public hearing will be held Tuesday November 9th at the Allen Park Community Center on Race Street starting at 6p.m.

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