(Miami, FL April 13, 2017) – A proclamation was presented at today’s City Commission meeting by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado recognizing the upcoming National Community Development Week (CD Week), being celebrated from April 17th through April 22nd in communities and cities nationwide, to commemorate the accomplishments of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. National Community Development Week encourages citizens, government officials, businesses, media, and organizations to recognize the impact of CDBG and HOME in their neighborhoods. In recognition of CD Week, the City Commission also honored eight longstanding, non-profit agencies with a special salute, acknowledging their efforts since the year 2000 to utilize CDBG funding and other sources to provide much needed public services to Miami’s most vulnerable men, women and children.
The agencies recognized were as follows:
Allapattah Community Action, Inc. (ACAI), (Executive Director, Miriam Urra). Providing services to low income residents of the City since 1978, ACAI serves two of the populations in our community that are the most vulnerable: the elderly and children offering nutrition and childcare services.
Allapattah Business Development Authority, Inc. (ABDA) – (Executive Director, Xiomara Pacheco) – Established in 1983, ABDA oversees Allapattah’s commercial façade program helping small businesses in the neighborhood and has also developed affordable rental housing and infill lots in the City of Miami.
Association for the Development of the Exceptional, Inc. (ADE) (Executive Director, Helena del Monte) Serving Miami-Dade County’s developmentally disabled adult population for more than 40 years, with a center in Wynwood where it provides life skills training, labor skills, and employment services.
Centro Mater Child Care Center, (Executive Director, Dr. J. Abilio Rodriguez). Founded in 1968 In Little Havana to provide the necessary care and protection for the area’s growing immigrant youth population as parents worked towards financial independence. From its three County locations, it offers infant and toddler care, pre-school and after school services, serving over 1,200 children on a daily basis.
De Hostos Senior Center, Inc., (Executive Director, Vincent Delgado). Established in 1974, De Hostos provides comprehensive services for low-income seniors living in Wynwood and the surrounding areas.
Liberty City Optimist Club of Florida, Inc., (LCOC), (Executive Director, Eureca Coulanges). In operation since 1990, the LCOC provides after-school and summer programs to youth aged four to 16 years old in Liberty City and the surrounding neighborhood.
Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc. (LHANC), (Executive Director, Ramon Perez-Dorrbecker). Founded in 1972 and headquartered in its namesake Little Havana, LHANC provides a wide range of social services to socially isolated and economically disadvantaged seniors in the South Florida area. LHANC serves over 11,000 unduplicated individuals at 14 different locations in South Florida.
Southwest Social Services Programs, Inc., (Executive Director, Maria Christina Penedo). Serving senior citizens throughout the County since 1981, this non-profit operates five senior centers, including its main one in Miami’s District 4, offering home delivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, and more to seniors over the age of 60.
For more information on CDBG and HOME, you can visit www.hud.gov.