Upcoming Event on CDBG Impact in DC/VA/MD; Register by 4/22!

April 20, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

Are you involved with a state, local government or nonprofit organization that works on community development activities somewhere in the mid-Atlantic region?  Did you know that April 25-30 is the 25th anniversary of Community Development Week?

If your organization has community development projects, it may have received federal funding from the Community Development Block Grant program that’s administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  You  may also know that CDBG  is perennially one of the most strongly contested grant programs — the very flexibility that local governments and nonprofits love about it makes it more challenging to measure its impacts — and it’s always on the hot seat when Congress is looking for ways to cut discretionary spending.  CDBG experienced significant cuts (more than 20 percent) in the final budget agreement for fiscal year 2011 and will certainly be under the microscope when Congress returns from its recess and takes up FY 2012 in earnest.  And the current spending atmosphere on the Hill makes future funding for CDBG very precarious, to say the least.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and 21 local governments from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are hosting an event on Monday, April 24 (that’s next Monday!) to showcase some local projects that have been supported by CDBG funds and to discuss how stakeholders can weigh in on the future of the program.  While not openly affiliated with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the event seems to echo that organization’s efforts over the past few months to publicize successful CDBG-funded projects to demonstrate the program’s impacts and build the case for its continued funding.

“The Role of CDBG in Community Development” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 25, at MWCOG’s office in Washington, D.C.  Featured speakers will showcase some of the local impacts of CDBG funding and provide insights about what local jurisdictions and organizations can expect for the program moving forward and how they can prepare.  Speakers will include:

  • Jane Vincent, HUD Regional Administrator;
  • Stan Gimont, Deputy Director, HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance;
  • Catherine Hudgins, Fairfax County Board Supervisor; and
  • Saul Ramirez, former HUD Deputy Secretary and CEO, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Online registration ends on April 22, 2011 (this Friday!), and there is no cost to register.  For more info, contact Alicia Lewis from MWCOG at (202) 962-3346 or alewis@mwcog.org.

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