Criticism waged after City of South Bend outlines plan to use American Rescue Plan funds

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City leaders in South Bend have passed a plan to use American Rescue Plan money to revitalize many troubled neighborhoods throughout the city.

Mayor James Mueller outlined the budget proposal outside a newly renovated home in one of those neighborhoods.

The plan calls for $25-million in federal rescue funding to repair, rebuild, and re-imagine housing in South Bend.

Critics of the plan say that not enough money is being pushed towards the city’s west-side — which is a predominantly black neighborhood.

The city is receiving nearly $59 million.

Groups including Black Lives Matter South Bend, and the Kennedy, LaSalle, and Lincoln-Bendix Neighborhood Associations are demanded at least $30 million housing, neighborhood planning and infrastructure.

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Charles U Farley October 12, 2021 at 2:14 pm

What does that spending have to do with COVID, which is (ostensibly) what the American Rescue Plan was for?

Though to be honest, that was a misnomer. It should have been called the “American Bankruptcy Plan” because that was the point of it all.

Regardless, what right does BLM and those neighborhood associations have to demand a darn thing? Those funds should benefit EVERYONE, not just the people who rely on handouts to survive.

Thomas William October 12, 2021 at 4:25 pm

100% with you on that one.

Carman Greenlee October 13, 2021 at 12:03 pm



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