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    April 18, 2017

    Celebrate National Community Development Week April 17th through 22nd

    Join the City of Bryan as we celebrate National Community Development Week April 17th through 22nd, a nationwide campaign that highlights the accomplishments of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. These programs provide federal grant funds to communities for investment in affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, health and human services, employment assistance, and more.

    Cities develop strategies to address local community needs that affect vulnerable populations (the elderly, disabled, homeless, abused children and low/moderate income residents) as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Over the last 10 years, the City of Bryan has received more than $9 million in CDBG funding and approximately $4 million in HOME funds to help address these needs. The positive impact of these programs increases as additional funding sources like non-profit and for-profit developer proceeds, public service agency match funding, and individual client contributions are leveraged by the City’s grant funds.

    Locally, established neighborhoods have been enhanced through strategies that emphasize home availability, the removal of dilapidated structures, and owner-occupied home improvements. Furthermore, collaborative efforts with local real estate agencies, lending institutions, homebuilders/contractors, and non-profit agency professionals have amplified the City’s ability to promote home ownership, affordable senior housing, and affordable single-family housing. In addition, programs that focus on assistance with basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter); health needs (access to primary healthcare, mental healthcare, dental care, and prenatal care); and other needs (financial literacy/financial counseling, homeless prevention/shelters, and case management) have been established and supported through this grant funding.

    CDBG and HOME funds play an important role in assisting families and stimulating economic activity within our community. By utilizing these grants, and the additional funds they attract, the City has improved the socio-economic wellbeing of local families and the community as a whole. Both funding and service capacity have been enhanced through the City’s many partners including local non-profit agencies, churches, civic organizations, the private sector, and our neighboring communities.

    As a sign of appreciation for these partnerships, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station will co-host a “Thank You Breakfast” for local contractors and developers that have helped to make the programs successful. In addition, the two cities held a “Thank You Celebration” at the Community Partnership Board meeting in February to recognize non-profits and other partners for the initiatives underway to provide health and social services within our community.

    For additional information about the City of Bryan Community Development Department as well as the CDBG and HOME grant funding programs, please click here. You may also contact Alsie Bond, Community Development Department Manager, by calling 979.209.5175 or by email at abond@bryantx.gov.

     
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