April 9, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams 908-527-4346


Union County Will Celebrate National Community Development Week
Kick-Off Luncheon to Highlight Program Benefits

Elizabeth-Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced today that the week of April 9 through April 15, 2007 will be recognized as “National Community Development Week” throughout Union County.

On Wednesday April 11, 2007 at 12pm, Union County will celebrate National Community Development Week with a luncheon. The event will include a tour of the Plainfield YMCA and will highlight Community Development in Union County. Additionally, a variety of essential programs and services funded through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will be showcased.

“The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses,” said Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan, CDGB Revenue Sharing Committee liaison. “The CDBG program is an important tool that helps local governments address the serious challenges facing their communities.”

This year, program promotion is more important than ever. For 32 years the CDBG program has served as a vital resource to help cities, counties and states meet their unique community and economic development and affordable housing needs. Over the last several years, CDBG formula grants have been significantly reduced. Last year the County of Union received 6 million in CDBG funds.

The loss of CDBG funds could mean the cessation of numerous programs. The Center for Hope Hospice, the Cerebral Palsy League, the ARC, the YMCA’s of both Plainfield and Eastern Union, and programs specifically for seniors such as the Senior Home Improvement program all benefit from CDBG funds.