Community Development Week

April 4, 2013

Neighborhood Services Department Program GraphicThe city of Phoenix will celebrate Community Development Week by honoring nine nonprofit agencies and businesses that have used Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in an exemplary manner.  The city’s Neighborhood Services Department will host the awards ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Gompers Rehabilitation Center, 6601 N. 27th Ave.

Each year, NSD administers approximately $15 million in CDBG funds.  CDBG is the catalyst 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.

“Community Development Block Grants are a critical federal funding source our city uses for neighborhood revitalization, safe and affordable housing, youth, seniors, persons with disabilities and the homeless, and to provide support for local businesses that will create jobs, “ said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the City Council’s Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee. “Congratulations to this year’s award recipients for their contributions to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

The awards and recipients are:

  • Lupe Sisneros Memorial Award – Eva Olivas, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC), recognized for leadership and vision which have been vital to the continuing development of the Central City South community.
  • Community Partnership Award – Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center, recognized for its vision to convert a library into an intensively used center providing job seekers with tools necessary for finding jobs in a down economy.
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Award – B & B Appliances, recognized for its significant investment in its business and the color-rich contemporary façade which has contributed overall to the Sunnyslope landscape. 
  • Community Service Hero Award – Grand Canyon University, recognized for serving as an outstanding partner in revitalizing the Canyon Corridor Neighborhood.
  • Homeless Service Provider of the Year Award – Catholic Charities, recognized for its efforts assisting women with an intensive recovery program to help them live an independent life free of prostitution.
  • Housing Partner of the Year Award – UMOM New Day Centers, Inc., recognized for the development of desirable housing and supportive services for lower-income and formerly homeless families at The Legacy Crossing.
  • Housing Development of the Year Award – Encanto Pointe, recognized for its collaboration with Native American Connections, neighborhood leaders and the city to address homelessness and the elimination of blight in the neighborhood.
  • Economic Development Award of Excellence – Deng Enterprises dba J & T Transportation, Inc., recognized for addressing a need in the community and creating a viable business which has expanded and created jobs in the community.
  • Disability Advocacy Award – Mark Jacoby, Gompers Habilitation Center, recognized for his outstanding advocacy and contributions to the disabled community through 20 years of service and professional development of Gompers Habilitation Center.

“These awardees are outstanding examples of the important role CDBG plays in communities and the need for the continuation of this program,” said Chris Hallett, director of the Neighborhood Services Department. “The importance of the city’s collaboration with the awardees and other partners to deliver CDBG-leveraged programs and services to our low- and moderate- income residents is more important today than ever before. Each awardee’s accomplishments are being recognized as evidence that CDBG funds are being used in the most effective way possible to benefit the residents of the city of Phoenix.”

For more information on the city’s Community Development Block Grant opportunities, call 602-534-4444 or email


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Barbara Frazier   602-261-8512