Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) WEEK
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    Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) WEEK

    CDBG was enacted into law as part of the 1974 Housing Act and began operations in 1975. It is an entitlement program that provides grants to eligible jurisdictions - Cities with populations over 50,000 urban counties with more than 200,000 people, and states (the states are responsible for administering the program for small cities, rural counties, and unincorporated jurisdictions). CDBG's main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities to low-and-moderate- income people.

    To this day, CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to utilize in devising flexible and comprehensive neighborhood strategies to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities throughout the nation. (National Community Development Association)

    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a major source of funding for the City of El Paso's Community and Human Development department. CDBG is an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) available for designated low-and-moderate income communities. Funded projects include parks, street and drainage improvements, public facilities, housing and social service programs. Since 1975, over $300 million of CDBG funding has been allocated toward the improvement and betterment of El Paso's low-and-moderate income neighborhoods. CDBG gives the community the flexibility to decide how to meet the needs of low-and-moderate income neighborhoods and persons.

    CDBG public improvement projects improve safety and living conditions for low-income neighborhood residents. This program also increases recreational opportunities and enhances neighborhood pride. Community Development projects change the face of low-and-moderate income neighborhoods through rehabilitation, providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families. It also provides needed funding to social service programs for low-income El Pasoans.

    April 17-23, 2006 is known as National Community Development Week. CDBG Week is a perfect time to demonstrate and showcase the many ways in which CDBG funded activities significantly improve the quality of life in communities and, most importantly, the lives of the lower-income residents. It is the backbone of virtually all community development throughout the nation. The goal of National Community Development Week is to encourage those who benefit from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to communicate with their congressional representatives, and their locally elected officials of its important role in their lives.

    As mentioned, since 1975, over $300 million of CDBG funding has been allocated toward the improvement and betterment of El Paso's low-and-moderate income neighborhoods. Program Year for CDBG runs from September 1st to August 31st.

    The department of Community and Human Development (CD) place ads in the El Paso Times soliciting projects, community meetings are held in every planning area (Eastside, Lower Valley, Northeast, Westside, Central) to inform residents of our CDBG program and how to apply for funding, and two public hearings are held. The department of Community and Human Development receive citizen requests, City Representatives requests and other department requests for funding. The Steering Committee was formed to review the proposals and give their recommendation for funding to City Council. Factors in the Steering Committee's decision are: 1) Level of Citizen Support, 2) Continues Neighborhood Improvements, 3) Extent of Need, 4) The Budget. City Council then makes the final decision as to which projects are funded. Program Year and Implementation starts on September 1st.

    April 17 - 21, 2006 List of Events

    Monday, April 17th
    Centro San Vicente Ribbon Cutting: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m./ 8061 Alameda
    Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $367,125
    Project: Renovation of their pediatric section and completion of x-ray section

    Tuesday, April 18th
    City Council Chambers - City Hall 9:00 a.m.
    City Council Proclamation

    Wednesday, April 19th
    Mesa Terrace Park Improvements: 4:00 p.m./1221 Selden Drive
    Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $349,764
    Project: Park Improvements to add ADA accessible plastic-coated benches, picnic unites with shade canopy over proposed playground equipment, lighting, trash receptacles, park and rule signs.

    Center Against Family Violence: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m./580 Giles
    (1:00 p.m. - "Donor Recognition and 2:00 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting)
    Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $521,567
    Project: Renovation of administrative offices, conference and counseling rooms, childcare room, teen room, physical fitness room, therapy and support areas, offices for other agencies to relocate, 42 parking spaces including 2 handicap accessible spaces.

    Thursday, April 20th
    Community and Human Development: 8th floor

    Friday, April 21st
    Borderland Park: Time still unknown/ Intersection of Viramontes, Tarango and Modesta Roads.
    Funded in the 28th CDBG Year 2002-2003 for design and the 30th CDBG Year for construction - the total construction budget was $850,312.
    Project: Phase III construction of street and drainage improvements on Arce Drive from Borderland Road to
    Tarrango street, including the installation of 7 street lights, and 12 traffic control signs.

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