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Sen. Al Franken addresses proposal eliminating block grants during Duluth visit

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DULUTH, MN -

Senator Al Franken visited the Duluth-area Thursday looking at an effort to help young people who have no home.

Sen. Franken toured Duluth's $9.4 million dollar 'Center for Changing Lives', which is currently under construction.

During his visit, Franken said president Trump's proposed budget would end funding of similar projects.

President Trump's proposal would eliminate block grants which officials say are crucial to community development in Duluth and across the country.

The 27,000 square foot 'Center for Changing lives' is using block grants to give homeless Duluth teens and young adults some stable housing.

"We all use these carefully vetted dollars to build trust and momentum," said Jennifer Julsrud, the director of the Center for Changing Lives. "They provide a critical foundation to the greater financial investments for projects like the Center for Changing Lives. They are so vital to the well being of our children, families and our community."

The center is slated to open its doors this summer.

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