To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has produced a series of videos and multimedia tools to highlight some of the best projects that have ever been undertaken nationwide through CDBG funding.
Two of Quincy’s very own CDBG projects — Manet Community Health Center and the Germantown Community Center — are prominently featured in HUD’s video entitled, “The Role of the CDBG Program in Creating a Suitable Living Environment”.
In 1978, the City of Quincy allocated $338,974 in CDBG funds for the construction of the Manet Community Health Center in Houghs Neck. When it opened in 1979, Manet had 3 employees and operated 1 clinic. Today, Manet has over 150 employees at six health centers.
And in 2005, when St. Boniface Church in Germantown was suppressed by the Archdiocese of Boston, the City of Quincy stepped in and purchased the property with CDBG funds and redeveloped the building into what is now the Germantown Neighborhood Center.
To celebrate CDBG’s 40th anniversary locally, the City of Quincy will showcase the official citywide premier of the video next Friday, Aug. 22 at noon in the first floor conference room of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the premier.
The video premier will mark the 40th anniversary (to the day) when President Gerald R. Ford signed a law creating the CDBG Program on August 22, 1974. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 merged seven individual competitive grant programs into a single block grant providing local communities the flexibility to decide for themselves how best to meet their own community development needs.
Over the last 40 years, thousands of cities, urban counties and rural communities have come to rely upon this critical resource, investing $144 billion to undertake a wide variety of activities from improving public facilities to producing affordable housing. Each year, CDBG funds are distributed to state and local governments according to their population, poverty, and other housing variables.
CDBG’s impact can be measured in every corner of the U.S. and in the lives of millions of Americans. Last year alone, the program allowed state and local governments to help nearly 28,000 individuals to find permanent employment or to keep the full-time jobs they have. CDBG also supported the rehabilitation of nearly 95,000 homes and financed public improvement projects that benefitted an estimated 3.3 million residents in communities from coast to coast.
During this 40th anniversary year, HUD is encouraging CDBG beneficiaries to connect with each other to share experiences and reflections about CDBG at #CDBGturns40.