As communities across the nation celebrate National Community Development Week, April 2-6, the City of Malden is preparing another year of projects financed by the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Mayor Gary Christenson is expected to present the CDBG budget to the City Council on April 3. While in recent years there have been significant cuts made by Congress, the approximately $1.2 million that Malden receives continues to have a positive impact on Malden residents.
This year marks the 44th anniversary of the CDBG program, which provides grants to more than 1,200 local governments to improve physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Every $1 of CDBG leverages almost $3 in other funds, which bring additional vital resources to communities. A companion housing program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), now in its 27th year, provides grants to more than 600 participating jurisdictions to create safe and affordable housing. Every $1 of HOME funding leverages an additional $4 in other funding. Both programs are managed by the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA).
“Community Development Week gives us the opportunity to showcase services provided by the City and MRA that help improve the quality of life for our residents. Through this recognition, we hope to reach even more people who may not realize the number of lives greatly enhanced with Community Development funding,” said Mayor Christenson. “We invite you to view a video of some of our success stories on YouTube by searching Malden Celebrates National Community Development Week.”
“The programs and organizations we fund help improve lives, empower people to rebuild their neighborhoods, advance the City’s affordable housing stock and leverage private investment. In recent years there have been significant cuts and threats to these valuable programs, and our goal this week is to showcase the impact of these programs in our community,” said MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke.
CDBG and HOME funds have been used to invest and respond to current and emerging community development needs in home rehabilitation, youth programs, lead paint abatement, senior services, food banks, vital street improvements, affordable housing, and employment training. These funds have served seniors, the homeless, veterans, first-time homebuyers, at-risk youth, business owners, disabled persons and working families and have reduced childhood lead poisoning.