Representatives of various economic and community development offices from across the country attended the National Community Development Association (NCDA) conference in January, including MRA Executive Director, Deborah A. Burke, HOME Program Director, Dee Bireddy, and Acting Community Development Director, Nicolas Pernice. Meetings were held with various congressional staff to voice strong support for the CDBG and HOME Programs.
At the conference, the MRA, on behalf of the City of Malden, received the prestigious 2016 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award in recognition of its creative use of federal HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to leverage private investment in projects that have helped transform neighborhoods. Malden was recognized for the transformation of a former rooming house in the West End section of the City into a residence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live independently with on-site support as well as the major renovation of South Broadway Park recently renamed Richard C. Howard Park in honor of Malden’s former longtime Mayor. This eight-acre park is considered a recreational showpiece with its synthetic turf, walkways and field lighting, four tennis courts and a tot lot. The project also included significant drainage improvements and traffic calming measures in the abutting neighborhood.
NCDA is a national nonprofit organization comprised of more than 300 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), CDBG and HOME Programs.