City of El Paso Community Development Week - April 9 - 15, 2007

The Department of Community and Human Development hosted the 2007 Community Development Week from April 9 - 15th.
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.


Monday, April 9th to Friday, April 13th
Community Development Program Display

City Hall - 2 Civic Center Plaza (1st Floor)
Examples of projects Community Development Block Grant has funded throughout the years.

Tuesday, April 10th - 9:00 am
City Council Proclamation - Proclaiming April 9-15th as Community Development Week in El Paso

City Hall (City Council Chambers) - 2 Civic Center Plaza
Mr. Bill Slesinger, Director for Project Vida spoke on the importance of CDBG and the positive impact it has made in their programs and participants. He also presented Mayor and Council with the signatures received during our Petition Drive to save the CDBG Program from further cuts. Ms. Soraya Ayub, Public Information Officer for the Department of Community and Human Development invited Mayor, City Council and the public to join us in celebrating CD Week during all of the activities scheduled throughout the week.

Wednesday, April 11th - 1:00 pm
Rescue Mission's Grand Opening for their Claude Barry Manufacturing Facility Grand Opening to be called:
MISSION WORKS BUILDING located at 116 Ruhlen Court
The Rescue Mission's Claude Barry Manufacturing Facility was funded by the Department of Community and Human Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a total of $159,220.
Renovation of a 6,500 square foot building, into a light-duty manufacturing and assembly facility to employ a minimum of seven homeless and/or disabled persons.

Friday, April 13th - 1:00 pm
West Side Health Center Grand Opening located at 5195 Mace

The Westside Health Center was funded by the Department of Community and Human Development's Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a total of $321,077.
Enlargement of the waiting areas on the north and south sides of the building by adding 1,200 square feet to each side; removal of the current air conditioning system and replacing it with a refrigeration system; and addressed issues of accessibility.

Saturday, April 14th - 7:00 am - 3pm
Neighborhood Clean-Up for the Chamizal area from 7am-11am.

Estrella Rivera Park Grand Opening and Neighborhood Picnic from 12pm-3pm located at 3200 Rivera Avenue
The Department of Community and Human Development along with other local stores, non-profit organizations, and City Departments came together to conduct a Neighborhood Clean-Up for the Chamizal neighborhood. The clean-up headquarters where the volunteers will meet is located at Zavala Elementary (51 N. Hammett) and will begin at 7:00 a.m. Residents in that area were asked to place all items at the curb for collection by Friday - the night before the clean-up will take place. Elderly or disabled residents not able to bring items out of their yard were urged to call Neighborhood Services at 541-4377 to arrange volunteers to assist them.

Home Depot has also partnered with us and will be renovating the exterior for Project Vida's facility (free of charge). Immediately after the Clean-Up at 12:00pm the residents joined us for the Grand Opening of the NEWLY renovated Estrella Rivera Park located at 3200 Rivera Avenue. In conjunction with the Grand Opening the residents enjoyed the neighborhood picnic with free food, drinks, games, raffle prizes, jumping balloon, balloons, face painting and much, much more!

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