On Friday, April 9 at an event in Newport, CDFA was honored to celebrate a proclamation by Governor Sununu designating April 5 – 9 as Community Development Week in New Hampshire. The excitement around recent CDFA investments in the Newport Opera House via our Tax Credit and CDBG programs and the proclamation underscore CDFA’s commitment to building vibrant communities throughout New Hampshire, as well as the importance of dedicating local, state, and federal resources towards impactful projects. An article on the event ran in the Eagle Times: Newport Opera House renovations celebrated during Sununu visit.
In addition to Governor Sununu, the event was attended by Town of Newport officials and community members representing a diverse spectrum of organizations, as well as Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney, Senator Ruth Ward, Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Gregory Carson, CDFA Board Chair John Manning, and Community Development Advisory Committee member Nancy Merrill.
Dedicating resources to community development initiatives in New Hampshire is fundamental to the growth and prosperity of our communities, and ultimately our state. Through these investments, we are building the capacity of our communities to be strong, resilient, vibrant places. We are honored to support these efforts across the Granite State.
Additional Information on CDFA’s Impact
CDFA has guided the investment of more than $160 million of Community Development Block Grant resources into New Hampshire communities since July 2003. In calendar years 2018 and 2019, funds from the state program have:
- Improved the lives of 2,455 people through public facility improvements and 613 people through emergency grants;
- Created or retained 98 livable wage jobs with benefits;
- Created or rehabilitated 260 affordable and workforce housing units; and
- Provided technical assistance to 602 micro businesses.
These critical resources directly impact people in our communities and have been deployed across the state making a significant impact on economic development, housing and community-based initiatives including childcare, rural transportation, downtown revitalization and redevelopment. Examples of how this work touches down within our communities, includes:
- Empowering Microenterprises through Technical Assistance;
- Building Community through Affordable Housing; and
- Increasing Access to Community Services and Childcare.
To learn more about how Community Development Block Grants and other CDFA resources are impacting New Hampshire communities, visit: https://nhcdfa.org/who-we-are/our-impact/.