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Malden to Observe National Community Development Week

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The City of Malden will observe National Community Development Week to highlight resources provided through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs. The CDBG and HOME programs are U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. In recent years there have been significant cuts however, these programs continue to be valuable resources in improving the overall condition of our neighborhoods.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the CDBG program which provides grants to more than 1200 local governments to improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Every $1 of CDBG leverages almost $4 in other funds which bring additional vital resources to communities. The HOME program, now in its 26th year, provides grants to more than 600 participating jurisdictions to create safe and affordable housing in communities. Every $1 of HOME leverages an additional $4.16 in other funding.

CDBG and HOME funds have been used to invest and respond to current and emerging community development needs in homeowner rehabilitation, youth programs, lead paint abatement, senior services, food banks, vital street improvements, affordable housing and employment training. These funds have served seniors, homeless, veterans, first-time homebuyers, at-risk youth, business owners, disabled persons, working families and have reduced childhood lead poisoning. According to Mayor Gary Christenson, “Community Development Week is an opportunity to showcase the services provided by the City and the Malden Redevelopment Authority to help improve quality of life for our residents. Through this event, we hope to reach even more people who may not realize all the great benefits and lives improved with Community Development funding.”

Malden residents are invited to a reception on April 26, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at The John and Christina Markey Senior Community Center, 7 Washington Street, Malden.  There will be a panel discussion on how the City’s CDBG and HOME programs are unlocking doors to homeownership. The event will also highlight programs funded by CDBG and HOME which provide services to low-to-moderate income residents.