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Dallas Council Lobbies For State Money

By BJ Austin

Dallas, TX –

Dallas City Council members spent Tuesday in Austin - lobbying lawmakers NOT to cut funding for programs that work.

Dallas Council member Vonceil Jones Hill says one of those programs is The Bridge - the Dallas homeless assistance center. It receives money from the state's Homeless Housing Services Program.

Hill testified before the Senate Finance Committee.

Hill: We put 970 people into permanent supportive housing. And we have placed 1600 people into jobs. "Jobs" helps not only the people who take the jobs, but the entire economy.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Steve Ogden says he'd like to see some of the "economic development" money from the Governor's Enterprise Fund go to such local programs.