CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Joe Pitts and the Office of Housing and Community Development Office paused Thursday to honor Clarksville’s service providers who fight homelessness and hunger.
“You are special folks, the leaders who step up in our community every day to work on the front lines in service to those who need a place to stay, nutritious food, medical care, and shelter from harm,” Mayor Pitts said. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work you do to help our people and make Clarksville such a caring community.”
Joining City officials for breakfast Thursday as part of National Community Development Week were representatives from the key local agencies, known as subrecipients, that use funding from federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.
These agencies are Urban Ministries; Manna Café; The Salvation Army and Serenity House; Flourishing Families; the Community Action Agency; and the Green Hill Development Corporation.
Locally, the CDBG and HOME programs are coordinated by the Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development, which is led by Director Keith Lampkin.
“In each case, agencies use this funding to offer a hand up, not a hand out,” Lampkin said.
During 2018, for example, Clarksville’s subrecipient service providers assisted 8,132 people. More than 100 people directly escaped homelessness because of the homeless prevention programs, and 321 shelter vouchers were issued.
For more than 40 years, CDBG has provided Clarksville and communities across America with an important source of money to address affordable housing and community and economic development needs. The CDBG provides grants to more than 1,200 local governments to create neighborhood approaches that improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Each dollar of CDBG money leverages more than four dollars in other funding.
For 20 years, the HOME program has helped communities provide access to affordable housing for low-income households. The HOME program provides grants to more than 600 local communities to create safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in communities nationwide.
Both programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These programs are needed more than ever to help vulnerable citizens and improve the overall condition of neighborhoods.
Mayor Joe Pitts and Keith Lampkin, director of the Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development, present a Certificate of Appreciation to the the Salvation Army on Thursday at a breakfast to honor Clarksville’s service providers who fight homelessness and hunger. Also honored were Urban Ministries; Manna Café; The Salvation Army and Serenity House; Flourishing Families; the Community Action Agency; and the Green Hill Development Corporation.