St. John Celebrates National Community Development Week
Thursday, April 20, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish - As the week of April 17 through April 22, 2017 has been designated as National Community Development Week, Parish President Natalie Robottom is pleased to join the nation in highlighting CDBG-funded activities that have greatly improved the quality of life for residents in our community.
Since 1986, the Parish has been a participant in this much needed program receiving more than $52,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support public infrastructure, economic development, and housing programs. CDBG funds have been used for Emergency Generators, the Foxwood Levee, Peavine Boat Launch, Canal Clearing, Small Grants and Loans, First-time Homebuyers and various Housing Improvement Programs throughout the parish. These activities would not have been possible without CDBG funds.
Over 44,000 residents in the community have benefited from the outstanding work being done locally and nationally by the CDBG Program. This program is vitally important to the community and to the people who live in its low to moderate income neighborhoods. The CDBG program is among the few flexible sources of federal funding that remain available to rural governments for community development.
St. John the Baptist Parish will be celebrating this week by shining a spotlight on the many projects that were completed in St. John Parish. “National Community Development Week brings attention to the numerous accomplishments in our parish over the past years. CDBG is a valued program which allows the parish to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities to low-and moderate-income people. We are able to develop partnerships and projects that result in heightened achievements,” said Myra Alexis Valentine, St. John Grants Administrator.
For more information about the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Programs, please contact Division of Administration, Office of Community Development at (225) 342 - 7412.