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City Celebrates Community Development Week

The City of El Paso will celebrate Community Development Week April 17-22, 2017 by highlighting community Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded projects aimed at improving the quality-of-life of low-income residents and neighborhoods.

“The federal funds the City of El Paso receives through the Department of Housing and Urban Development provide a much needed funding source to improve the quality of life of many low and moderate income families and neighborhoods. Without this funding many physical projects and public services would not be realized in our community making it more challenging to nurture a healthy, sustainable community,” said Verónica R. Soto, Director for the Department of Community and Human Development. “We want to invite all El Pasoans to celebrate with us these investments in our community and showcase what great work these federal funds and city staff provide to improve our shared quality of life.”

The National Anthem will be performed by Elia Esparza, contestant from NBC’s “The Voice”, at the events on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Since 1975, the City of El Paso has used over $85 million in HOME Program funding to create decent and safe affordable housing opportunities and over $384 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide essential public services, economic opportunities, street and drainage improvements, public facility and infrastructure improvements and other quality of life improvements to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

HOME’s main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, while CDBG’s main purpose is to provide a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income people.

Funded projects include parks, public facilities, housing, street and drainage improvements, and social service programs. CDBG/HOME projects change the face of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, increase recreation opportunities and enhance neighborhood pride.

The projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance the community’s quality of life while nurturing and promoting a healthy and sustainable community. The events are free and open to the public.

 

Monday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m.

YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sara McKnight TLC – 3700 Altura Avenue

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $235,390

 

Tuesday, April 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Community Development Week Proclamation

A special recognition to the Community Development Steering Committee will be held.

City Council Chambers – 300 N. Campbell Street

Wednesday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Eddy “Hirby” Beard Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Special performances by El Dorado High School Mariachi Azteca and Ballet Folklorico

Eddy “Hirby” Beard Park – 4701 Ramon Vega Lane

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $480,225

Thursday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Project Vida – New Affordable Housing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sunrise Housing – 4418 Sunrise

Investor-Owned project utilizing HOME Program funds in the amount of $2,150,000

Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Grandview Spray Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening

Event filled with family-oriented activities

Grandview Spray Park – 3100 Jefferson Avenue

Renovations funded by CDBG in the amount of $882,300

 

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