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Community and Human Services Celebrates National Community Development Week

Post Date:04/11/2017 1:26 PM


MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017
10 A.M.


National Community Development Week will be held from Monday, April 17, to Saturday, April 22, and Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division (CHS) will observe this national event with a dedication ceremony for Hatchers Preserve, a new, 18-unit single family rental community in Immokalee.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at 3169 Esperanza Court, Immokalee, Florida 34142. Hatchers Preserve, which was built by Rural Neighborhoods in partnership with the Big Cypress Housing Corp., was primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants.

The homes will rent for $650 for those who earn 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and $725 for those who earn 80 percent AMI.

The National Community Development Association initiated National Community Development Week in 1986. The annual campaign, now in its 31st year, is designed to give local as well as national attention to the numerous accomplishments of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program over the last 40 years, and more than 20 years of HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships program.

The CDBG program provides grants to address critical and unmet community needs, including those for housing rehabilitation, public facilities, infrastructure, economic development, public services and more. Since 1974, it has invested more than $144 billion in communities nationwide to improve the quality of life principally for persons of low and moderate incomes.

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use, often in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, to fund a wide range of activities, including building, buying and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership, or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. It is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

The Community and Human Services Division serves Collier County’s low to moderate income residents by providing senior and healthcare assistance, as well as grant funding for community development and housing development. Accordingly, the Community and Human Services Division uses federal and state grants to help build safe, livable and healthy communities, including using CDBG funds to make a positive impact in various ways. Some of these notable projects include development of needed sidewalks in Immokalee, improvement to the fire suppression system in the Bayshore Gateway Community Redevelopment Agency, intersection improvements in the City of Naples, infrastructure to support housing affordability, programming and transportation for children at the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, rehabilitation of affordable rental units and legal assistance to domestic violence victims.

For more information about this promotion, call Public Information Coordinator Daniel Christenbury at (239) 252-6956.


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