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Community Block Grant week to raise awareness of city services

Shelena Hawkins, Interim Director Shelena Hawkins, Interim Director

The Department of Community and Economic Development is trying to raise awareness about Albany programs that help people in need.

Since 1994, funding to services that help the homeless and low income households has been drastically reduced. The organization's budget is being cut another 5%, but leaders are sponsoring various events this week to raise awareness about what they do.

"And a lot of people don't really know the urgency or the benefit of these particular funds in this community," said Shelena Hawkins, Department of Community & Economic Development Interim Director. "Like I said, they are for low and moderate income people, and the city has a poverty issue. And so we know the funding we get is crucial to meeting the needs of those in our community."

On Wednesday, the organization gave a basket of hygiene products to a non-profit organization that helps the homeless.

The department is also releasing an informational video Thursday to educate people about city Block grant funds and services.

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