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5/27/2010 Vol. , Issue 4 Contact Us
MAJOR ISSUES

Ground Breaking Ceremony
Father Martinez Senior Center
Renovation and Expansion Project
9311 Alameda

On May 3, 2010, the Department of Community and Human Development, along with Representative Eddie Holguin, hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Father Martinez Senior Center Renovation and Expansion Project.

In order to accommodate the amount of senior participants the center gets on a daily basis, Father Martinez Senior Center will begin a project funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a major source of funding for the City of El Paso. 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.

The Department of Community and Human Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded the project in the 34th CDBG Year (2008-2009) for a total of $784,670 to include: ·  conversion of the outdoor patios into an exercise room and dance studio;· expansion of the main hall and storage eastward by 3,000 sq. ft. to increase occupancy of the hall from 150 to 250 - 300 persons;  removal of old vinyl flooring at the main hall and re-flooring the main hall and expansion area with matching vinyl flooring;· adding or enlarging existing restrooms as required by code; · installation of four security cameras in expansion area; removing existing playground and installing new ADA accessible playground and equipment east of the existing playground area to allow room for the new addition to the center; installing an 18” high rock wall around the playground and providing ADA accessible route from the existing sidewalk to the new playground area; installing a metal roof shade shelter at the playground area; and installing landscaping and modifying existing irrigation system around the new improvements.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a major source of funding for the City of El Paso. 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 $340 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 by providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families. It also provides needed funding to social service programs for low-income El Pasoans.




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