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Community Development

The Community Development Program is supported primarily by grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The mission of the program is to provide assistance to low-wealth families in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, and surrounding communities by addressing the pressing developmental needs of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and economic opportunity. Community Development services are provided through housing assistance projects, information dissemination, on-site technical assistance, and a series of seminars and workshops.

The Community Development Program is designed with several goals in mind: (1) To expand home ownership and affordable housing opportunities; (2) to assist persons in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing; (3) to increase awareness and compliance with fair housing laws; (4) to reduce drug abuse in local neighborhoods through education and outreach activities; (5) to expand economic opportunity through research, job training, and support for small/minority business development; (6) to maximize community development and redevelopment efforts by providing a broad range of technical assistance to local governments and neighborhood organizations; and (7) to provide practical learning experiences for students through internships and community service projects.