City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award

The National Community Development Association (NCDA) was awarded the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development, along with three other winners, the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award. The award was presented on June 23, 2006 at the NCDA National Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

The John A. Sasso National Community Development Award recognizes those communities that exemplify the spirit of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (a federal grant the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD) by showcasing its works through the activities and events during Community Development Week. To be eligible for the award, applicants must provide empirical evidence that highlights the City's dedication to positively affecting the lives of its lower income residents.

City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award The City of El Paso exemplifies all that National Community Development Week stands for. It encourages the participation of the community. It is also apparent that the City of El Paso has established many avenues of getting information and services to its citizens.

In an effort to educate the public, media, federal, state and locally elected officials of the importance of CDBG funds, the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development celebrated Community Development Week on April 17- 21. Apart from the week's activities, the Department of Community and Human Development, along with other non-profit agencies, participated in a petition drive aimed at saving our CDBG Program from further funding cuts by collecting signatures.

The City's CD week included the following celebrations:

MONDAY, APRIL 17TH o Centro San Vicente Ribbon Cutting 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 o City Council Chambers - City Hall 2 Civic Center Plaza City Council Proclamation - Proclaiming the week as Community Development Week in El Paso, and recognition of the Community Development Steering Committee

City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH o Mesa Terrace Park - Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting Funded in the 30th CDBG Year 2004-2005 for $349,764 Project: Park Improvements to add ADA accessible plastic-coated benches, picnic units with shade canopy over playground equipment, lighting, trash receptacles, and park and rule signs.



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH o Center Against Family Violence Ribbon Cutting and Donor Recognition 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 o City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development City Hall, 8th Floor OPEN HOUSE - Administrative Department of the Community Development Block Grant Program

FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST o Borderland Park Neighborhood Block Party - in celebration of completed street and drainage improvements in the Borderland Area on Modesta Road and Arce Drive. Phase II and Phase III project design was funded for $249,859 in the 28th Year (2002-2003); Phase II construction of Modesta Road was funded in the 29th CDBG Year (2003-2004) for $937,500 and Phase III construction of Arce Drive was funded the 30th CDBG Year (2004-2005) for $850,312 Project: Construction included newly paved streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter, driveways, drainage system, streetlights, and traffic control signs.

The award is named for John Sasso, the father and founder of the National Community Development Association (NCDA). NCDA is a national nonprofit organization comprised of more than 550 local governments across the country that administer federally-supported community and economic development, housing and human service programs, including programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Since 1968, NCDA has been at the forefront in securing effective and responsive housing and community development programs for local governments. The mission of the organization is to assist local governments to achieve high-quality, locally responsive programs for making communities better places to live and work, particularly for low- and moderate- income people.



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