New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation Sunday of a state Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services to help religious organizations apply for and secure money for social services, Capital New York reports. The office's first effort will be a $50-million grant round to support nonprofit-run job-creation and affordable-housing programs.
State Assemblyman Karim Camara will give up his legislative seat to serve as the new agency's executive director. Mr. Cuomo said the $50-million effort will be funded out of a roughly $5-billion state surplus built on a series of financial settlements but will not become a recurring program.