November 12, 2014

We are ending homelessness

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Walking down the street, we see individuals and families, our neighbors, without a home of their own, living in our shelters or even on our streets.  Too often, we turn away or avoid acknowledging their struggles at all.   Whether it’s a veteran trying to keep warm on a cold night, young people sleeping on sidewalks, […]

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August 21, 2014

HUD’s CDBG Program at 40: A Legacy of Opportunity

Forty years ago this month, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, giving birth to the Community Development Block Grant Program.  In the 40 years since, CDBG has been at work in thousands of urban and rural communities, supporting a wide variety of activities from improving public infrastructure […]

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March 10, 2014

Making a house a home for one Veteran

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As we continue to wind down our nation’s military conflicts abroad, more and more veterans will need housing and job training.  Addressing this need will require the combined efforts of government at every level as well as the private sector.  Local communities throughout Michigan estimate there are more than 11,000 persons who are homeless on […]

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June 21, 2013

Opening Brings Back Memories

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Holidays were always special during my childhood growing up in West Palm Beach, FL for all the reasons they are for most people but also because my family shared those special days every year with another family that we were very close to. Every year we would drive across town to get together with our […]

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October 24, 2012

Community Development from the Ground Up

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Community development is a key component in meeting HUD’s goal of improving quality of life for all Americans. In Denver, there has been a concerted effort to become more deliberate in meeting the housing needs of the community. Whether it’s for ending homelessness, supporting veterans, or boosting the local economy, HUD’s Community Planning and Development […]

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