City Wins National Award For CDBG Efforts
The City of Greenville has been chosen to win the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award for a second time. Greenville, which won the award in 2010, won for its efforts to educate the public about and showcase the City’s use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds.
Greenville’s efforts included a tour for elected officials of CDBG and HOME projects, a housing fair, and a homeownership workshop for low-income people with the dream of owning a home.
“We are very excited for the City’s staff to be recognized for their efforts,” said Community Development Director Merrill Flood. “CDBG and HOME funds help so many in our community, and the City tries to use the opportunity each year not only to recognize the value of the programs, but to publicize and further encourage the ongoing work to help low-income families, non-profits, and the homeless.”
Greenville has been receiving CDBG funds since 1994. Grant monies are typically used for housing rehabilitations and new construction of homes for low-income families, assisting non-profits who help at-risk children, job training, crime prevention, and other public service activities.
Only 11 communities across the country were chosen for the honor, which will be awarded at a ceremony to be held later this month. Greenville is the only city in North Carolina selected.