Evolution of the Community Development Resource Centers Project
The present evolution of this Vision and
Strategic Implementation Matrix for establishing a national network
of CAN DO! Community Economic Development Empowerment Resource
Centers was initially articulated in a response to then President
Elect Obama's invitation through
www.change.org for citizens to suggest possible enhancements to
the Federal Government.
As I reviewed HUD's Five Year Strategic Plan, I was inspired and deeply appreciative of the comprehensive vision and mission developed under Secretary Shaun Donovan. The Plan and the five major goals it establishes are far more in alignment with the principles and practices of Community Economic Development that include Self-Help, Empowerment and Capacity Building than the five Administrations I had previously served under.
Click on the link for more details http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/cfo/stratplan
In recent months,
HUD has initiated several other innovative new programs that we
believe would benefit from the inclusion of the programs, products
and systems available to and through the network of CAN DO!
Community Economic Development Resource Centers. Some of these
highly relevant HUD programs include:
Sustainable Housing and Communities;
Choice Neighborhoods; and Strong Cities, Strong
Click Here for a PDF document that presents an overview of the CAN DO! Community Economic Development Empowerment Resource Centers. The document includes more specific details of the project components, the management team, interim project budget, details of how the project funding will be administered, etc.