National Community Development Week is being celebrated April 25-April 30, 2011. St. John the Baptist Parish President has received over $9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. “With these funds we have been able to undertake a number of projects,” stated Robottom, “including minor repairs to damaged homes, improvements to our water plants, streets, canals and drainage, and installation of generators to manage water flow during power outages.”
Over 45,000 people in our community have benefited from these projects – the majority of whom are low and moderate income persons. Over the past five years, CDBG has created or retained ten jobs.
National Community Development Week will spotlight the impact that CDBG funds have on communities throughout the United States. In honor of the week, St. John has created a resolution honoring National Community Development Week, written letters to state representatives, and created awareness amongst employees and our community.
The CDBG program is among the few flexible sources of federal funds that remain available to rural governments for community development. Projects must primarily benefit low-and-moderate-income persons.
The CDBG program has been funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Louisiana Division of Administration, Office of Community Development administers the program for the State. Anyone interested in learning more about the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program should contact Myra Valentine at 985-652-9569.