MVOC members, leaders to lobby


Staff report

WASHINGTON

Members of the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative are joining nearly 100 Ohio leaders here this week to lobby for the middle class and working families, who the collaborative says have been hit hardest by the current economic crisis.

“It’s important we lift up our voices on Capitol Hill to better the situation in our communities, to protect our working folks in the area, and to protect Social Security,” said Hattie Wilkins, a member of the Eagle Eye Block Watch on Youngstown’s North Side.

Leaders from MVOC and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, of which MVOC is a founding member, have scheduled meetings today with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17th, to discuss potential solutions to the revenue crisis and to advocate for issues affecting Mahoning Valley residents.

Those issues include continued funding for the Community Development Block Grant program and protection of Social Security’s future, MVOC said.

Cuts to CDBG funding would cripple local governments’ ability to serve those who need the most support, the collaborative said.

CDBG funding is used for home rehabilitation and repair for low- and moderate-income families, infrastructure improvements, the provision of needed public services and facilities, crime prevention and public-safety activities.

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