National Community Development Week: April 5-9, 2021

The State of Utah is celebrating the impact of the Community Development Block Grant Program and HOME Investment Partnerships Program this week for National Community Development Week.

Since 2016, The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided grants for 194 projects to support the needs of low and moderate income individuals like the Tooele County Children’s Justice Center.  

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program provides formula grants – often in partnership with local nonprofit groups – to fund affordable housing development and to provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.  From 2016 - 2020, the State of Utah has completed 38 multifamily projects, adding 3,767 total housing units, and 53 single-family projects.   

Download this fact sheet to learn more: HCD Community Dev Week Fact Sheet-2 (2).pdf (643.7KB)

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Casey has worked for the state of Utah for 21 years, most recently as a deputy director for Workforce Services since 2012, as well as other various management and leadership  capacities within the department. She has been instrumental in several significant departmental changes, such as helping to form the Eligibility Services and Workforce Development divisions. More...

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“Today new modern pioneers are still coming here in search of a better life and new opportunities,” Herbert said.

Utah is home to more than 65,000 refugees, and each of them add culture and diversity to the state. They all come with a hope for a better life and a desire to make a positive impact on their community. More...