The Department of Homeland Security today said it had notified more than 30 cities they are about to lose anti-terror funding from the federal government, reports the Associated Press. The department said money for the Urban Areas Security Initiative grants has been cut by millions as part of a larger budget cut that eliminated more than $780 million in grant money from the latest federal budget.
The budget cuts mean that only 31 high-threat urban areas, including New York and Washington, will still receive grants this year. The grant program was launched in 2003 in response to security threats after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since 2008 more than 60 cities have been awarded the risk-based grants. Cities being cut from the program include Providence, R.I., Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La., Tucson, and four cities in New York.