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ELIZABETH, NJ—April 4, 2013— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Senator Raymond Lesniak, Congressman Albio Sires, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste and more than fifty guests, came together to celebrate the 39th year of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) at the Elizabeth Public Library.

“From afterschool programs and infrastructure improvements to housing rehabilitation and meals provided to those in need, CDBG funding has a profound impact on the ability to deliver vital services throughout our community,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Although CDBG allocations continue to be reduced, the City continues to work closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and our local agencies to most efficiently and effectively implement the programs residents rely upon to live, acquire new skills and prepare for a successful future.”

This year’s event was held during National Community Development Week, which takes place from April 1- April 6, 2013. Exemplifying all the great things the City of Elizabeth has accomplished over the years with CDGB funds, the theme of the 2013 program was “Changing Communities, Changing Lives.”

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.

“During this difficult economic climate when our residents are most in need, CDBG funding provides critical assistance,” said Councilman Carlos Torres. “CDBG continues to enable investments to be made in our neighborhoods and for our community, improving the overall quality of life within our City.”

In a video presentation shown at the event, organizations that have benefitted from the funding were highlighted, including Josephine’s Place, Restore Ministries, The Salvation Army as well as the Emma Street Rehabilitation Project within the City of Elizabeth.

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