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Three cities win Community Development Award.

Torrington, Conn., Dallas, and Las Vegas were recently announced as winners of the 1992 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award by the National Community Development Association (NCDA).

NCDA has presented the Audrey Nelson awards for six years to honor communities for their outstanding use of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in addressing the needs of low and moderate income citizens.

The awards will be presented at a breakfast held during NCDA's annual conference April 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

Riverside Cooperative Housing

in Torrington, Connecticut

The Riverside project combined CDBG state funding with private contributions, corporate donations and the sweat equity of beneficiaries themselves for the creation of twelve "limited equity" family cooperative units in a vacant school building for very low income families.

Torrington, the first small city to receive an Audrey Nelson award, applied for $135,000 in CDBG funds from the state on behalf of the nonprofit affordable housing organization which converted the school. The funds were provided in the form of a low interest loan so that repayments would continue to support other affordable housing projects. The Riverside project is the first targeted affordable housing in Torrington and represents the first time the city worked so closely with a community-based nonprofit.

The Dallas Children's Advocay

Center in Dallas, Texas

CDBG funds provided the initial capital investment necessary to acquire a suitable facility for a multi-disciplinary intervention facility to improve the quality of treatment and services for child abuse victims. The Center serves as a model for the State of Texas and is the largest advocacy center in the nation. It serves child victims of sexual and physical abuse, non-offending family members, and community professionals in legal, medical, law enforcement, mental health, education and social work fields.

Opportunity Village

in Las Vegas, Nevada

Opportunity Village is the largest noprofit organization in Nevada serving the disabled community. The CDBG programs of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Clark County, Nevada contributed over half a million dollars to the 9,200 square foot facility which provides advocacy, vocational training, job placement and recreational opportunities for low and moderate income persons with mental retardation and multiple disabilities.

To date, Opportunity Village has raised more than $4 million in land and cash contributions toward the complete phase of the project. This six-acre campus will include an industrial training facility, an independent living center, a culinary training center and extensive recreational facilities.
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Title Annotation:Special Report: Building Blocks for America; Torrington, Connecticut; Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada
Author:Sheehy, Kathy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Apr 6, 1992
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