The City of Malden observed National Community Development Week at a reception held April 26, 2017 at The John and Christina Markey Senior Community Center. The event highlighted resources provided through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs both of which are U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. The Malden Redevelopment Authority administers these on behalf of the City.
This year marks the 43rd year of the CDBG program which provides grants to more than 1200 local governments to improve 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, 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 serve low to moderate income seniors, homeless, veterans, first-time homebuyers, at-risk youth, business owners, disabled persons, working families and have been used to reduce childhood lead poisoning.
The main event of the evening was a panel discussion about “Unlocking Doors to Homeownership”. Deborah Burke, Malden Redevelopment Authority, Executive Director, acted as the moderator. Panel members included Marc Slotnick, President, New England Communities, Inc., Susan Collins, Executive Director, Medford Community Housing, Dee Bireddy, HOME Program Director, Nick Pernice, Community Development Director, and Dave Russo, Malden Resident/First Time Home Buyer.