Albany joins in Community Development Week

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 1:13 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2015 at 1:19 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - April 6-11, 2015 is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Week.

People and organizations all across the nation will celebrate the 29th Commemoration of National Community Development Week. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will issue a proclamation supporting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program on April 8, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Government Center, Room 100 at 222 Pine Ave., Albany, GA.

This proclamation expresses the City's support of the improvements and services funded by the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership Programs and urges its' citizens to join in recognizing these programs and the important role each plays in our community.

Since its inception in 1974, the CDBG program in Albany has been a strong presence in this community. CDBG has sponsored programs in the areas of Economic Development, Public Facilities, Infrastructure Improvements, Public Services, Elimination of Slum & Blight, Housing Repairs, and much more.

The City of Albany, Department of Community and Economic Development is proud to announce that it has received the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award for four (4) consecutive years for its efforts and dedication in promoting CDBG Week.

The CDBG Program is the principal federal program providing grants to States, cities, and counties to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in communities. Whereas, the HOME Program provides grants to States, cities, and counties to create safe, sanitary, and affordable housing development in communities nationwide. Both programs are funded nationally through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Within in past years, both programs have faced significant cuts. With the economic downturn, these programs are needed more than ever to help our most vulnerable citizens and improve the overall condition of our neighborhoods.

The City of Albany will highlight CDBG Week by conducting the following activities:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - Letter Campaign – Letters forwarded to Local, State, and Federal Elected Officials and community agencies to seek support of the CDBG and HOME Programs.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - Airing of CDBG and HOME Funds Advocacy Video which can be found at the following link:

Monday, April 6, 2015 - Display of the CDBG Week Banner in front of the Microbusiness Enterprise Center for the entire week.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Proclamation Signing by the Mayor and “Community Give Back Day” – donation of needed items to support the efforts of a local nonprofit organization.

Friday, April 10, 2015 – CDBG Week Luncheon at the Microbusiness Enterprise Center and recognition of Public Service Agencies that are making an impact within the community.

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