Mayor Carlo DeMaria today issued a proclamation supporting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program by recognizing National Community Development Week, March 26 – April 2, 2016.
Spearheaded by the National Community Development Association, the week-long celebration brings together citizens, government officials, businesses, media, and non-profit organizations through events to showcase the impact of CDBG and HOME on our community. National CD Week also serves as a venue for educating the public about the programs.
Mayor DeMaria, along with Congressman Capuano, Senator DiDomenico, and Representative McGonagle presented Mystic Valley Elder Services ($20,000), Everett Adult Learning Center ($20,000), Bread of Life ($25,000), Housing Families, Inc. ($20,000), and Rediscovery at JRI ($15,000) with funds from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s CDBG.
“This is a program that truly helps our city,” states Mayor DeMaria, “Our Planning and Development Department works with our State and local delegation, plus a number of city departments, social services and community groups to continue to build our community. This grant is about building community, providing assistance and bringing more services to our residents. I’m thankful to our State Delegation and the Baker/ Polito administration for recognizing and acting on our needs.”
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the CDBG program. The CDBG program provides grants to over 1,200 local governments to create neighborhood approaches that improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Every $1.00 of CDBG leverages another $4.07 in other funding; bringing additional vital resources to communities. The HOME program, now in its 25th year, provides grants to over 600 local participating jurisdictions to create safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in communities nationwide. Every $1.00 of HOME leverages an additional $4.16 in other funding.
Both programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG and HOME have seen funding reductions in the past several years. In FY 2010, CDBG was funded nationally at $3.990 billion and HOME was funded at $1.825 billion. CDBG is now funded at $3.0 billion nationally and HOME at $950 million. These programs are needed more than ever to help our most vulnerable citizens and improve the overall condition of our neighborhoods.