National Community Development Week Activities

March 26, 2018  

The City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department, Housing and Community Development Division, will join communities across the nation celebrating National Community Development (NCD) Week, April 2 – April 6, 2018.

It is an annual celebration emphasizing the impact that community development programs like the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships program have had, at the national and local level, within our communities. These community development programs are entitlement grant awarded annually to the city through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NCD Week raises awareness of citizens and elected officials to the benefits provided to the community through the CDBG/HOME programs. It also affords the opportunity to thank our congressional delegation for championing the program and to urge their support for continued funding.

Jacksonville residents have benefitted from many projects and services funded with federal grant dollars including new streets and sidewalks, water and sewer lines, shelters for the homeless, new parks and housing projects.

Since 1975, the City of Jacksonville has received over $398 million in community funds that have been used to develop and implement a wide-range of programs directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improving community services.

In 2016/2017, CDBG funds, in combination with other public and private funding sources, provided a 80 multi-unit housing units, 12 businesses were served through the Micro- Enterprise Assistance Program, public facility improvements to senior centers, youth centers,
neighborhood facilities, park and recreation facilities, flood drainage systems, street and sidewalk improvements and assisted 56,770 residents through public services to include senior services, services for disabled persons, employment services and other health services.

The Housing and Community Development Division of the Neighborhoods Department, administrators of CDBG funds, has planned a week full of activities showcasing some of the critically needed programs and services provided through CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA, and to recognize the significant role these programs play in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Jacksonville.

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 10:00a.m.
NCD Week Kick Off and Support Rally
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc.,
134 E. Church Street    

The Mayor’s Office will present a proclamation designating April 2 – April 6, 2018 as National Community Development Week. A program will be held at Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. Federal and local officials will acknowledge NCD Week and contributions of the City of Jacksonville. $50,000 in CDBG funds were used to assist up to 665 low and moderate income families through the Case Management and Emergency Financial Assistance Program. $185,067.44 in ESG funds were used for wages, salaries, case management and rapid re-housing to prevent homelessness. $1,071,873.12 in HOPWA funds were used to provide rent, mortgage and utility assistance and support services to prevent homelessness to persons who are infected with HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Vestcor and Northwest Jacksonville CDC
Mary Eaves Senior Living Facility
1250 W. 16th St.

The Mary Eaves Senior Living Facility is a public private partnership that resulted in one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment homes with open kitchens, energy efficient appliances and common areas. The development expands the available supply of quality, affordable rental housing for seniors who desire to continue to live, worship, and remain as a part of their core community. This development provides rental housing for individuals at 50% and 60% of area median income (AMI). The investment of grant funds from the City of Jacksonville requires that these apartments remain affordable for a period of thirty (30) years.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Arc Jacksonville
Kaden’s Place 
6233 118th St.

Kaden Place is a newly constructed group home featuring state-of-the-art interiors and quality affordable housing for six adults with special needs. This group home allows them to have a measure of independence and enjoy their quality of life. Kaden Place Group Home is setting the standard for accessibility and high quality construction. The Arc Jacksonville is a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. The City of Jacksonville’s total investment of $350,000 is coupled with other State funds and private capital.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Sulzbacher Center
611 E. Adams St.

The Sulzbacher Center for the homeless provides shelter, food, medical, and case management for individuals lacking life’s basic necessities. Men, women and children seek help and relief on a daily and/or weekly basis. In order to support the shelter, the City of Jacksonville has committed $120,430 to replace the Shelter’s Emergency Exit stairs, complete modifications to the entry ramp, upgrade the shelter reception lobby security and replace the flooring within the shelter. Come join staff as we give back to the community using human capital and serve lunch to the homeless.

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. ‚Äč
Pine Castle              
4911 Spring Park Road     

Pine Castle serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides support to their families. From basic academic training and hands on job experience to leisure activities and life skills coaching, Pine Castle provides a wide range of opportunities to help their clients achieve their highest level of independence. $32,000 in CDBG funds were used to solicit employers to hire individuals with disabilities and identify compatible job matches between employers and 34 disabled individuals seeking employment. Join us for a tour of the Pine Castle campus to learn more about their programs and services.

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Daniel Memorial
4203 Southpoint Blvd

There is a population often forgotten, neglected, or abused. Daniel Memorial provides a secured residential campus for challenged youth while coupling education, counseling, medical and social skills training to reinforce growth and maturity. The City of Jacksonville provided $33,500 for roof repairs on the residential campus. Join us as we tour the campus and through our presence, show the youths that we care.