National Community Development Week
National Community Development Week – April 17-22, 2017 – is a national observance that honors the work made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding.
The CDBG program provides grants to over 1,200 state and local governments and funds activities such as housing rehabilitation, business assistance, senior services, and infrastructure – primarily targeted to low-income and moderate-income persons and households. Every $1.00 of CDBG leverages another $3.65 in other funding, bringing additional resources to communities that support jobs, businesses, and residents. Many communities will also recognize the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program during National Community Development Week. HOME provides grants to over 600 state and local governments to create safe, decent, and affordable housing for renters and owners.
Advocacy Tools for YOU to Use Right Now
Stand united to fight for federal investment during National Community Development Week by meeting with your representatives during the recess. Urge your representatives to pass a full FY 2017 THUD spending bill before the current CR expires while they are home in their districts and states through April 21.
NARC Senior Policy Advisor Neil Bomberg put together some talking points for you to use during the recess. Additionally, the American Planning Association has an updated suite of tools for planners to help you advocate on the programs that matter to you, like the FY2017 THUD spending bill before the current CR expires. Use these tools in the Advocate’s Toolbox to get ready to speak up on behalf of planners everywhere:
- Advocacy Classroom comes with fast advocacy 101 videos on the most effective strategies you can use to impact policy, and how to best craft your overall message to your legislators.
- THUD Subcommittee Members of Congress lists the most important representatives to reach, since they are the ones who preside over the implementation of these community development programs.
- Ready to share Twitter, Facebook, and letter to the editor posts, as well as a congressional call script that are set up for you to fill in the blanks, and take action.
- Communications Guide that contains best practices for all of your outreach efforts, as well as a how-to on writing an effective letter to the editor.