Anti-poverty money in West Virginia has some winners and losers, with
some state officials wanting to change the way they divvy up federal aid among
the anti-poverty programs.|
The largest loss under the newest proposal is $238,539 for Community Resources
Inc., a Parkersburg-based CAP that serves Calhoun, and got more than $866,000
this year to serve 11 counties.
Community Service Block Grant funds are over $6.5 million this year.
The money helps West Virginia's 16 Community Action Partnerships provide
services, from Head Start and health clinics to driving single moms to work and
helping people insulate their homes.
The state Office of Economic Opportunity wants to start parceling out the money
using a formula developed in 2000. The new system is described as fairer by some
The new formula would give each CAP $150,000, plus $5,000 for each county it
The formula would then give out additional funding based on the area's low-income