National Community Development Week with daily events, culminating in a Southside Community Fest.
The week-long celebration, hosted by the City’s Community Development Department, will provide a variety of opportunities for Durham residents to learn how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs operate as well as how these valuable programs contribute to the local economy, serve households in need, and provide flexibility to develop public-private partnerships to improve Durham neighborhoods. Events include:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes (CASA) Grand Opening Event for 217 W. Geer St. Residents are invited to enjoy breakfast with CASA as they showcase their newly renovated seven-unit building, which will operate workforce housing for households with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income. A program is planned including a proclamation by Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 10 a.m. to Noon
Board Development Strategies for Non-Profits is a workshop designed for non-profits to enhance their knowledge of how to diversify their board membership. This training will assist non-profits to effectively operate and deliver goods and services. The workshop will be held inside Council Chambers at Durham City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 and Thursday, April 28, 2011
The first edition of The Southside News will be distributed door-to-door in the Southside community by staff with the City’s Community Development Department.
Thursday, April 28, 2011, from 10 a.m. to Noon
The Southside Housing Update, an open discussion regarding upcoming plans for the Southside community, will be held with realtors, lenders, builders, developers, and property owners inside Council Chambers at Durham City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza.
Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first-ever Southside Community Fest, with activities planned specifically for Southside residents, will take place at the intersection of West Enterprise and South streets. Non-profits and service providers will showcase their goods and services along with fun activities including games, entertainment, and refreshments. As part of the event, the middle school student winners of the essay contest, “What Does Community Development Mean To Me?” will be announced. The top three prize winners will read their essays as part of the event along with having their essay featured on the Community Development’s web page of the City’s website.