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Building Communities Through
Faith-based and Community Organizations

HUD�s New York Multifamily Housing office is involved in conducting on-going outreach to the faith-based community as part of a larger effort to build strong partners that can assist in promoting the Department�s missions of housing and community development. At one such outreach event this winter (February 28, 2005), a workshop hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and the Faith Center for Community Development, Inc., these efforts focused on educating on the development of successful applications for funding under HUD�s Section 202 elderly housing program.

[Photo: Deborah VanAmerongen of HUD speaks to participants at a recent forum on HUD�s elderly housing programs.]
Deborah VanAmerongen of HUD speaks to participants at a recent forum on HUD�s elderly housing programs.

Deborah VanAmerongen, HUD�s NY Multifamily Housing Director, used the opportunity to provide an explanation of the objectives and requirement of the Section 202 program while emphasizing the key issues that an applicant needs to address for their application to rate competitively. This interactive forum included statements from representatives of several faith-based organizations that had recently been awarded HUD grants who shared their experiences with the program so as to assist other potential grantees in their understanding of the process and its realities.

Following Ms. VanAmerongen�s presentation, HUD staff met informally with attendees to discuss programs that support and enhance the Section 202 developments, such as the Service Coordinator program and Neighborhood Networks for senior citizens. In the end it can be said that interactive events such as this, coupled with the ready availability of HUD staff to assist in answering questions and providing guidance, foster an increased participation by the faith based community in HUD�s programs which in turn benefit the local community.

To find further assistance for faith-based and community organizations, visit our toolkit of useful resources.

For more information about events such as the one above, please contact us by e-mail at NY_Webmanager@hud.gov.

Content Archived: March 07, 2011

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