Community Planning and Development
Consistent with these objectives, the Office of Community Planning and Development has developed a set of underlying principles that are used in carrying out its mission.
- Community building begins with job creation, employment, and creation of safe, decent and affordable housing.
- Planning and execution of community development initiatives must be bottom up and community driven.
- Complex problems require coordinated, comprehensive, and sustainable solutions.
- Government must be streamlined to be made more efficient and effective.
- Citizen participation in Federal, State and local government can be increased through communication and better access to information.
CPD seeks to encourage empowerment of local residents by helping to give them a voice in the future of their neighborhoods; stimulate the creation of community based organizations; and enhance the management skills of existing organizations so they can achieve greater production capacity. Housing and community development are not viewed as separate programs, but rather as among the myriad elements that make up a comprehensive vision of community development. These groups are at the heart of a bottom-up housing and community development strategy. The following offices support the work of CPD through programs listed on the respective pages:
- Office of Technical Assistance and Management
- Office of Economic Development
- Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development
- Office of Community Renewal
- Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
- Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
- Office of Affordable Housing Programs
- Office of Block Grant Assistance
- Office of Policy Development and Coordination