Mayor Thomas P. Koch and Planning Director James J. Fatseas are pleased to announce that the City of Quincy will join other communities across the nation in celebrating “National Community Development Week” (CD Week) which will be held April 22 – April 27.
This weeklong celebration provides the opportunity for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) communities across the nation to showcase CDBG-funded projects and programs, and to educate residents, community groups, and legislators about the block grant programs administered by the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development (PCD).
The CDBG program is a flexible program, overseen by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Community Planning & Development, that provides communities, such as Quincy, with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Locally, these HUD block grants are used to support activities and services such as community center programs; emergency food centers; housing rehabilitation activities; code inspections; the creation of affordable housing units; and also supports public works project such as street and sidewalk reconstruction. Since 1975, the CDBG program has provided over $90 million to the City of Quincy for community development programs.
Events planned throughout the week showcase how CDBG makes communities better places to live and work. Quincy will be participating in the national social media campaign, #CDWeek2019. The public is welcome to join by following and sharing posts on all social media platforms. To view the PCD Facebook page, please click here.
Quincy Braintree Family Network of Quincy Community Action Programs Inc will be sponsoring three activities during the week. On Tuesday, April 23 from 10:00 – 11:15 am, Rainforest Reptiles will be at the North Quincy Community Center at 381 Hancock Street, Quincy. This event is open to children under eight (8) and their parent or guardian. On Friday, April 26 from 10:00 – 11:15 am, children’s activities will be at the Hough’s Neck Community Center at 1193 Sea Street, Quincy. This event is also open to children under eight (8) and their parent or guardian. On Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 – 11:30 am, Jean Rogers of Children’s Screen Time Action Network will make a presentation at a parent breakfast at Quincy College, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy (North Tower, 3rd floor). The parent breakfast and presentation is for parents only, no childcare provided. Parents will take home several giveaways to encourage their families to spend less time on digital devices including a “Screen Free Fun Kit.” The parent breakfast is also sponsored by Manet Community Health Center. For the parent breakfast and the reptile show, registration is required to Joan at email@example.com.
The Asian American Service Association Wollaston Senior Center at 550 Hancock Street, Quincy will feature their “Yuan Ji Dance” at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 24 and their cooking class on Friday, April 26. These programs serve Asian elders with their health, physical movement and socialization needs.
The North Quincy Community Center will feature their Multi-cultural Senior Luncheon at 381 Hancock Street, Quincy at 11:30 am on Thursday, April 25.
PCD is utilizing CD Week as an opportunity to engage program participants and the public in providing input for the upcoming five-year plan for 2020-2025 for HUD funding. The Quincy Council on Aging at 440 E Squantum Street, Quincy welcomes PCD to host an outreach table to engage program participants in the lobby from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 25. The South Shore YMCA Germantown Neighborhood Center at 366 Palmer Street, Quincy will host a focus group for teens after school on Thursday, April 25. The South Shore YMCA Quincy Branch welcomes PCD to host an outreach table to engage participants of Healthy Kids Day from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 79 Coddington Street, Quincy. All events will include a brief presentation about CDBG, the five-year plan, and a survey for public input.
A public hearing for the FY July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Action Plan for HUD funding will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 24 at 34 Coddington Street, Quincy in the School Department on the first floor, room 121.
For questions about Community Development Week, please call (617) 376-1053.
To view the PCD Week 2019 Calendar, please click here.