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The McKinney Housing and Community Development Department will celebrate Community Development Week, a national celebration, April 21-26.

Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) address a range of community development activities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds must be used in McKinney to meet at least one of the CDBG national objectives including: benefit to low- and moderate-income persons including homeless, aging, youth and disabled persons; preventing slum or blighted areas; or addressing an urgent need.

“We continue to use CDBG funding as one of the principal sources in developing flexible and comprehensive neighborhood strategies for the purpose of building suitable living environments and providing decent affordable housing,” said Shirletta Best, community services administrator, in a city release. “The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of families and individuals across the nation, and we’re looking forward to Community Development Week to celebrate these successes here in McKinney.”

National Community Development Week will be celebrated throughout McKinney with several events:

·Dedication and recognition, April 21, 10 a.m. – Mayor Brian Loughmiller will host a dedication and proclamation of CDBG Week. City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St.

·Tour of funded agencies, April 22 – Citizens are invited to tour three nonprofit agencies to observe the impact of CDBG-funded programs in McKinney. These organizations provide support services to low- and moderate-income households, including emergency food and housing assistance, affordable homes, minor home repair and childcare. One tour per location will start at the published time.

-2 p.m. – Community Lifeline Center, 1601 N. Waddill St., Suite 102

-3 p.m. – North Collin Co. Habitat for Humanity, 2060 Couch Dr.

-4 p.m. – Holy Family School, 500 Throckmorton St.

·Fair Housing workshop, April 23, 10 a.m. – Interested citizens can learn the rights and responsibilities of landlords, property managers and tenants under Fair Housing law. This workshop is conducted in partnership with North Central Aging and Disability Center and North Texas Fair Housing Center. City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St.

·North Texas Neighborhood and Community Development Professionals meeting, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – This meeting provides networking opportunities for professionals in the North Texas region involved in community building work. This group encourages peer review, information and idea exchange and will enhance neighborhood and community development knowledge and skills. Volunteer McKinney, 2150 S. Central Expy., Suite 150

·Together We Serve neighborhood revitalization project, April 26, 8 a.m. – This partnership between the city of McKinney, Volunteer McKinney, Christ Fellowship, 3E McKinney and Habitat for Humanity promotes community engagement and volunteer opportunities to help neighborhood cleanup and assist homeowners with minor repairs and beautification projects. For volunteer and project information, contact Larry Robinson at 3E McKinney, 972-542-3331.

·Community Shred Event, April 26, 9 a.m. – Residents can help prevent identity theft and fraud by securely shredding paper copies of bills, statements and other business or personal documents at this free event. All paper collected will be recycled. Each vehicle is limited to four boxes of materials to shred. McKinney High School, 1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy.

For more information on these events, contact Shirletta Best at 972-547-7577 or sbest@mckinneytexas.org, or visit mckinneytexas.org/CDBG.

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