QUALITY OF LIFE
City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award
The National Community Development Association (NCDA) will award the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development , the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award. The award will be presented on Friday, June 25, 2010, at the National Community Development Association’s (NCDA) 2010 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington during the John A. Sasso Awards Luncheon.
The Department of Community and Human Development has received four John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Awards in the past five years. The John A. Sasso National Community Development Award recognizes those communities that exemplify the spirit of the Community Development Block Grant 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 highlight the City’s dedication to positively affecting the lives of its lower income residents. 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 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development celebrated Community Development Week on April 5-10, 2010.
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.