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City of Phoenix Recognizes Local Organizations for Strengthening NeighborhoodsCity of Phoenix Recognizes Local Organizations for Strengthening Neighborhoods<div class="ExternalClassE9E61A24F00D40AC8F419846F7CF65B5"><p>The city of Phoenix will celebrate Community Development Week by honoring six individuals, nonprofit agencies and businesses that have supported and used Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in an exemplary manner.  The city's Neighborhood Services Department will host the awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, MLB All-Star D-Backs Branch, 548 W. Southern Ave.</p><p>Each year, NSD administers approximately $15 million in CDBG funds.  CDBG is an important channel for extensive partnerships and five-fold leveraging of resources to help turn communities around.  Without CDBG dollars in place, the leveraged dollars would not follow. </p><p>"Community Development Block Grant funds provide an essential resource to the city of Phoenix in their efforts to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income residents.  As communities large and small are making difficult choices, today's announcement represents an important investment in various local health and safety, economic development and job creation programs, helping preserve Phoenix's quality of life," said Councilmember Kate Gallego, chair of the City Council's Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee.  "Congratulations to this year's award recipients for their contributions towards community development."</p><p>The awards and recipients are:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Lupe Sisneros Memorial Award: </strong>Joann Hauger, executive director of Community Housing Resources of Arizona (CHRA), for many years of service and her leadership in providing home ownership opportunities for thousands of low-income families in the city of Phoenix.  </li><li><strong>Community Partnership Award:</strong><strong>  </strong>Assistance League of Phoenix, for providing school clothes, school and hygiene supplies for children in Title I schools throughout the city of Phoenix.</li><li><strong>Community Service Hero Award:</strong>  Support Sky Harbor Coalition for its leadership in organizing and funding biannual cleanups in the areas surrounding the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and bounded by the Rio Salado River to the south, I-10 and the 202 Freeways to the north, Central Avenue to the west and 48th to 52nd streets to the east, which encompasses mostly economically challenged and blighted neighborhoods.  </li><li><strong>Homeless Service Provider of the Year Award:</strong><strong>  </strong>Southwest Behavioral Health Misdemeanor Repeat Offender Program, for its partnership with the city of Phoenix Human Services, Prosecutor, and Police Departments, in identifying and serving offenders, who also happen to be homeless, in a manner which reduces crime and addresses the core issue of criminal behavior and homelessness.</li><li><strong>Economic Development Award of Excellence:</strong><strong>  </strong>A & H Painting funded through the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department's Management and Technical Assistance (MTA) program, specializes in commercial painting and has grown from one person to 20 employees, creating jobs in the community.    </li><li><strong>Neighborhood Revitalization Award:</strong><strong>  </strong>Dennis Flynn, founding Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, for providing repairs, painting, accessibility modifications and other revitalization services to low-income city of Phoenix residents.   </li></ul><p>"For more than 45 years the CDBG program has provided flexible funding that allows communities to afford necessary improvements and thrive," said Chris Hallett, director of the Neighborhood Services Department.  "We are pleased to be a partner and truly make an impact to Phoenix residents and neighborhoods."  </p><p>For more information on the city's Community Development Block Grant opportunities, call 602-534-4444 or email <a href="mailto:grants.nsd@phoenix.gov">grants.nsd@phoenix.gov</a>.</p></div>4/16/2015 9:00:00 PMStephanie Romero, 602-510-3581