Speakers Bureau/CDBG/NSP

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Community Development Block Grant Services (CDBG) and
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Speaker: Andrew Thomas, Senior Project Manager
andrew.thomas@sanfordfl.gov
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, one of the many programs within the US Department of House and Urban Development (HUD), is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The CDBG program’s purpose is 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. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.

In addition to the CDBG program, HUD also funds the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Through NSP, HUD provides grants to communities hardest hit by foreclosures and delinquencies to purchase, rehabilitate or redevelop homes for resale to stabilize neighborhoods. Also, the program provides assistance for demolition and clearance of blighted and vacant structures. This program, like other HUD programs, is designed to benefit low- and moderate-income households.

Among the topics:
• CDBG National Objectives
• Eligible activities that can be funded under CDBG program
• Program development and federal reporting requirements
• Researching evidence based public service programs that effect social change
• Best practices for non-profit boards and board governances
• Establishing partnerships between non-profits, faith based organizations and local government to leverage funds
• Designing citizens participation processes, e.g. forums, focus groups, community conversations, group conferencing
• Goals and objectives of the NSP program
• Homeless Issues and Supportive Services. Learn what the City has done to help address and advocate for the needs of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Also gain knowledge of current community initiatives and what still needs to be done to incorporate more housing and supportive services.

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