National Community Development Week

City of Anderson Celebrates National Community Development Week

Mayor Terence V. Roberts and the City Council issued a proclamation supporting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program through the celebration of National Community Development Week, April 17 -April 21, 2017.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the CDBG program. Enacted into law in 1974, the CDBG program is the principal federal program providing grants to cities to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. The HOME program provides grants to cities, and counties to create safe, sanitary, and affordable housing conditions in communities nationwide.

Both programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and have been cut significantly in the last several years. These programs are needed more than ever to help our citizens and improve the overall condition of our neighborhoods.

The City’s Economic and Community Development Department will highlight the CDBG and HOME programs during National CD Week by hosting its annual CD Week Celebration Drop-In from 12-2 p.m., on Friday, April 21, 2017, in the first floor conference room of the City of Anderson Municipal Business Center located at 601 South Main Street.

Staff will be available during the celebration to provide information on the City of Anderson’s housing rehabilitation assistance programs for low- to moderate-income homeowners, assistance for small businesses located downtown or redevelopment area, and fair housing.

In addition, the department, in partnership with the Community Housing Resource Board (CHRB), will host a Fair Housing Workshop at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in recognition of National Fair Housing Month. The workshop will discuss the Fair Housing Act of 1968, protected classes, and advise the public how to file a discrimination complaint. It is free to attend and will be held at the City of  Anderson Municipal Business Center.

Persons may call (864) 231-2223 for more information regarding the CD Week Celebration and Fair Housing Workshop.