The City of Valdosta is celebrating National Community Development Week, focusing on the Community Development Block Grant Program.
The CDBG Program is in it's 40th year, and Monday Mayor John Gayle issued a proclamation supporting the program.
The CDBG provides grants to states, counties and cities to continue to improve the conditions in lower income neighborhoods. Valdosta city officials toured the areas on Monday where the grant money has been put to use.
Over the past 5 years, this includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of over 100 single-family homes, the J.L. Lomax Park, the Mildred Hunter Center and more. Over the five year span, Valdosta received $2.5 million in CDBG funds.
"The money allows us to go into a community that the majority is below the moderate income citizens, it gives them an opportunity to have a new stable sanitary home, which in some cases would not be a reality for them," said Valdosta Neighborhood Development Manager Vanassa Flucas.
Through 2014, the city will receive $550,000 of CDBG funds, according to Flucas.