Arlington celebrates National Community Development Week

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ARLINGTON, MA – The City of Arlington’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) joins the National Community Development Association and organizations and municipalities across the United States in celebrating National Development Week community from April 11 to 15.

The featured event, a tour of Arlington organizations supported by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, included stops at the Arlington Council on Aging, Arlington Boys and Girls Club, Fidelity House and Whittemore Park. A week-long social media campaign will highlight Arlington’s CDBG grantee organizations and their work supporting the community.

The CDBG program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides grants to state and local governments. The CDBG supports activities such as the preservation and creation of housing, services for young people and seniors, support for small businesses and the renovation of parks. CDBG-funded activities primarily target low- to middle-income individuals and households, as well as older people and people with disabilities. As a beneficiary community, Arlington has received funds from CDBG for 47 years and is planning its 48th year as a beneficiary community.

The city is also in the process of completing a year-long annual action plan for the CDBG program for submission to HUD. The draft plan is available for public review and comment from Friday, April 1 through Monday, May 2. Members of the public are invited to attend a public hearing on the annual action plan, which will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. more and register to attend the public hearing at arlingtonma.gov/cdbg.

The CDBG program was established in 1974 under Title I of the HCD Act of 1974, as amended, and is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the National Community Development Association, every $1 of CDBG generates another $4 of funding from another source; bringing additional resources to communities that support jobs, businesses and residents.

Any questions regarding the CDBG program can be directed to Mallory Sullivan, Community Development Block Grants Administrator, at 781-316-3094 or mjsullivan@town.arlington.ma.us.


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