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ELIZABETH, NJ—April 10, 2012— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Senator Raymond Lesniak, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste and more than fifty guests, came together to celebrate the 38th year of the Community Development Block Grant Program at the Trinitas Center of Regional Education (CORE) Building.

“We are proud to participate in CDBG week to raise awareness of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) program,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “From child care to home ownership, different organizations use CDGB funding to improve and enrich the lives of so many people.  We are proud of the work our community based organizations do and we are grateful to HUD for their continued support.”

This year’s event titled: “Our City, Our Future,” which helped kick off National Community Development Week (April 8-14, 2012), exemplifies all the great things the City of Elizabeth has accomplished over the years with CDGB funds.

Through the implementation of this initiative by the City’s Department of Planning & Community Development, Elizabeth has revitalized neighborhoods, rejuvenated community facilities, and instilled a renewed sense of pride in the City.

The program has been strengthening the community through its support of various agencies who provide a wide array of services including, but not limited to: economic development, senior citizen programs, affordable housing, child care, health care, youth counseling, mentoring, and recreation all for the benefit of low and moderate income residents of the City.

“CDBG continues to help community organizations bring much needed social programs to the residents of Elizabeth,” said Senator Raymond Lesniak. “This City has accomplished great things over the past 38 years with this funding and supporting this ongoing effort will enable them to continue to take care of their own.”

In a video presentation shown at the event to state how much their organization has benefitted from this process, members from Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Retail Skills Center, Community Access Unlimited and Groundwork Elizabeth were part of the focus.

“This event emphasized Elizabeth’s continuous commitment to increase assistance and create opportunities throughout our community,” said Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste. “If it wasn’t for CDBG funds, organizations would not be able to provide the tools and programs it takes to improve the quality of life for all residents.”

CDBG funds are distributed to worthy agencies via a competitive application process, which is conducted by the Mayor’s CDBG Advisory Committee, chaired by Chris Burd. 

“The City of Elizabeth always starts off CDBG for the State, and I am happy I get the opportunity to come and say thank you to a City who has been doing a great job, said Diane Johnson, Director of HUD Newark. “We need to continue helping our fellow residents and supporting these deserving organizations because this is your City, this is your future, and we all need to help our brothers and sisters.”