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Community Development Week 2014

Washington County and city partners are celebrating the 40th anniversary of two pivotal federal grant programs which contribute to community development.
Media release

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsored by: Community Development Department

Washington County and Cities Celebrate National Community Development Week

Washington County and its neighboring cities issued proclamations this month supporting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of CDBG and HOME in conjunction with National Community Development Week, the County and the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro have joined together to highlight the successes of local CDBG and HOME projects by planning a bus tour targeted to elected officials, cities and local partners.

Since 1974, the CDBG program has been the principal federal program providing grants to states, cities and counties to devise neighborhood-based approaches that will support and improve the physical, economic and social conditions of communities. The HOME program provides grants to states, cities and counties to create safe, sanitary and affordable housing conditions in communities nationwide. Both programs are administered nationally by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Since 2003, the County and the cities combined have invested over $40 million in CDBG programs and projects and $20 million in housing and homeless programs. Both programs have seen significant cuts in the last several years, even though they are needed more than ever to provide essential services to our fellow residents and improve the overall conditions of our communities.

Media Contact:

Jennie Proctor, Program Manager, Community Development
[email protected]