Richland County wins award for promoting block grant projects

Richland County's Community Development department has won an award for promoting Community Development Block Grants.


Richland County held a reading extravaganza aimed to help families step into transitional housing from homelessness.   File photo

Richland County's Community Development department has won an award for promoting Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

The John A. Sasso Award, which is named after the founder of the National Community Development Association, was granted to the county recently at a national conference. Richland County has won the award three times.

“This award means a lot for several reasons,” Valeria Jackson, Richland County's community development manager, said. “A main reason is it shows that these funds are not ineffective. So many people’s lives are touched and upgraded, either directly or by improvements to their neighborhoods, through the programs supported by CDBG funding."

Richland County actively promoted several CDBG-sponsored projects during National Community Development Week this spring, such as a reading extravaganza aimed to help families step into transitional housing from homelessness.

Richland County Council also honored Community Development staffers recently for their work to provide fair housing and to enhance neighborhoods in need.  

To learn more about the department and its projects, please visit www.rcgov.us.

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