CONTACT: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919
Roland Martinez, 210-207-5920
SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2018) --The City of San Antonio celebrates National Community Development (NCD) Week from April 2-6, 2018. NCD Week was created by the National Community Development Association (NCDA) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors more than 30 years ago to promote the importance of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects in our communities.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Impact of the CDBG and HOME Programs.” The celebration brings together citizens, government officials, businesses, media, and non-profit organizations through events to showcase the impact of the CDBG and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. The week aims to educate the public about programs administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The programs provided by CDBG and HOME are vital to improve the overall condition of San Antonio neighborhoods.
“National Community Development week highlights the significant impact HUD entitlement grants –both CDBG and HOME—make in cities,” said Verónica Soto, director of the City’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department. “In San Antonio, funding provides our hard-working, low-income families dignified housing to live in, re-furbished neighborhood infrastructure to enjoy and much-needed new affordable housing options. It is imperative to showcase how vital this funding is for our most vulnerable residents.”
The public is invited to attend several events hosted this week, including the City’s Success Stories Bus Tour from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4. This event will include a wall-raising at Habitat for Humanity’s Lenwood Heights, a single-family affordable housing development, and a tour of The NRP Group’s Lucero Apartments, a multi-family affordable housing development. Those who wish to register should call 210-207-5465.
The City’s Department of Human Services Fair Housing program will host a workshop on rental housing for NCD Week. DHS and SAMMinistries will conduct the free workshop from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at SAMMinistries, 503 San Pedro Ave. The workshop will focus on empowering residents to become successful renters, and those who wish to attend can call 210-207-5910 to register.
For a full schedule and more information on NCD Week events, please visit www.sanantonio.gov/ncdweek .