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THE MALDEN ADVOCATE
- Friday, April 21, 2017
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Malden celebrates Community Development Week
T
he City of Malden will ob-
serve National Commu-
nity Development Week to
highlight resources provided
through the City’s Communi-
ty Development Block Grant
(CDBG) and Home Invest-
ment Partnership (HOME)
programs. The CDBG and
HOME programs are U.S.
Dept. of Housing and Ur-
ban Development (HUD)
programs. In recent years
there have been significant
cuts; however, these pro-
grams continue to be valu-
able resources in improving
the overall condition of our
neighborhoods.
This year marks the 43rd
anniversary of the CDBG
program, which provides
grants to more than 1200
local governments to im-
prove the physical, eco-
nomic and social conditions
in communities. Every $1 of
CDBG leverages almost $4
in other funds which bring
additional vital resourc-
es to communities. The
HOME program, now in its
26th year, provides grants
to more than 600 participat-
ing jurisdictions to create
safe and affordable hous-
ing in communities. Every
$1 of HOME leverages an
additional $4.16 in other
funding. CDBG and HOME
funds have been used to
invest and respond to cur-
rent and emerging commu-
nity development needs in
homeowner rehabilitation,
youth programs, lead paint
abatement, senior servic-
es, food banks, vital street
improvements, affordable
housing and employment
training. These funds have
served seniors, the home-
less, veterans, first-time
homebuyers, at-risk youth,
business owners, disabled
persons and working fam-
ilies, and have reduced
childhood lead poisoning.
According to Mayor Gary
Christenson, “Communi-
ty Development Week is
an opportunity to show-
case the services provid-
ed by the City and the Mal-
den Redevelopment Au-
thority to help improve qual-
ity of life for our residents.
Through this event, we
hope to reach even more
people who may not real-
ize all the great benefits
and lives improved with
Community Development
funding.”
Malden residents are in-
vited to a reception on April
26 from 6:00–7:30 p.m.
at the John and Christina
Markey Senior Communi-
ty Center, which is located
at 7 Washington St. in Mal-
den. There will be a pan-
el discussion on how the
City’s CDBG and HOME
programs are unlocking
doors to homeownership.
The event will also highlight
programs funded by CDBG
and HOME which provide
services to low-to-moder-
ate-income residents.
quiring addresses ensures the
results aren’t skewered by re-
sponses from people with per-
sonal and financial interests in
development.
The council’s Moratorium
Committee conducted an inde-
pendent growth and land use
survey. More than 2,000 resi-
dents responded, and Kinnon
plans topresent those results at
the next City Council meeting.
It will be up to the Ordinance
Committee to recommend ei-
ther extending or ending the
building moratorium.
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