Today kicks off National Community Development Week, held April 2-6. National Community Development (CD) week is celebrated each year during the Congressional spring break. This is a wonderful time for CDBG and HOME grantees to meet with their members of Congress, showcase projects and programs, and involve the local community including businesses, citizens, and community groups in the week-long celebration.
While there have been great strides in the last few years to protect CDBG and HOME funding, especially for FY 2018, grantees need to get behind the National CD Week Campaign to show their elected officials how important these grants are to the communities they serve. This annual campaign is designed to focus local and national attention on the numerous remarkable accomplishments of CDBG and HOME for the past 44 years and the importance of the programs in the lives of low- and moderate-income citizens.
Please join in the national celebration by showcasing projects, educating the community on program benefits, and most importantly, by inviting members of Congress and other elected officials to attend CD week activities so they are made aware of the benefits of the programs to the local economy and to the families served by the programs.
NACCED will be celebrating CD week all week long by highlighting success stories, sharing NACCED advocacy tools, featuring social media tips, and more! Stay tuned to NACCED News for all the CD week festivities, and let us know how you're celebrating! Send any stories, press releases, social media posts, and more to firstname.lastname@example.org.