MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES 40th ANNUAL CDBG WEEK IN ELIZABETH

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES 40th ANNUAL CDBG WEEK IN ELIZABETH
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—April 25, 2014— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, County Manager Alfred Faella, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova Jr., Councilman Carlos Torres and more than 60 guests came together to celebrate the 40th year of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) at the Elizabeth Public Library on South Broad Street.
 
“For the past 40 years, CDBG has been a great catalyst for change and improvement in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “CDBG continues to strengthen communities; creating opportunities for residents and enhancing resources throughout our City and the country." 
 
This year’s event helped kick off NJ’s National Community Development Week, which takes place from April 21- April 26, 2014. Elizabeth's theme for 2014 is “Preparation, Progress and Delivering Quality Services,” which exemplifies all the great things the community has accomplished with CDBG funds since the program’s inception.  It also emphasizes the City’s continual commitment to increase assistance and services within the municipality.
 
Through the implementation of this initiative by the Department of Planning & Community Development, Elizabeth has revitalized neighborhoods, rejuvenated community facilities and instilled a renewed sense of pride in the City.
 
The CDBG program enables support to be provided to various local agencies, who deliver a wide array of services including, but not limited to: senior citizen programs, affordable housing, economic development, emergency relocation, child care, health care, youth counseling, mentoring and recreation; all for the benefit of low and moderate income residents. 
 
In a video presentation shown at the event, organizations that have benefitted from the funding were highlighted, including the YMCA of Greater Union County, the Elizabeth Public Library, Old Historic Trust, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), The Oaks at Westminster and the Coalition to House the Homeless. 
 
“CDBG continues to help agencies implement transformative initiatives as well as offer valuable programming to the residents of Elizabeth, New Jersey and the nation,” said Alfred Faella, Union County Manager and President of the National Community Development Association. “If these funds were not available, it would be challenging for organizations to provide the tools residents needed in order to improve their quality of life as well as make a difference within their community."
 
CDBG funds are distributed to worthy agencies via a competitive application process, which is conducted by the Mayor’s CDBG Advisory Committee.  
 
For more information on the Community Development Block Program, please call Jessica Topolosky at 908-820-4030.