The COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE advises the Arlington County Board on the Community Development (CD) program, which includes the federal Community Development Block Grant, and federal and state Community Services Block Grant.
ROLE: The CDCAC, established by the Arlington County Board in 1978, is key to citizen participation in all aspects of the CD program. The Committee advises on:
MEETING SCHEDULE: First Wednesday of every month, except during proposal review in October and early November; 6:30 PM
MEMBERSHIP: Citizen representatives of County-wide organizations or constituencies with a special interest in community development and affordable housing programs, and of neighborhoods where significant CD funded activities are taking place and where there are concentrations of low and moderate income persons.
Organizations are designated by the County Board and representatives from commissions are Board-appointed. The Board also appoints at-large representatives from four interest/minority groups: tenants,children/families,Hispanic and Asian. Neighborhood Strategy Areas (NSAs) also select representatives for CDCAC.
PUBLIC HEARING: Hearings on needs and performance of the CDBG program by CDCAC and the Housing Commission are held each Fall. The proposed Annual Plan describing CDBG activities and past performance is included in the County Board budget hearing in March.
STAFF COORDINATOR: You can reach David Bennett, Federal Programs Coordinator, at 703-228-3762.
MEMBER TIME COMMITMENT: Regular meetings are about 2 hours once a month. Proposal review meetings are 3 hours each week for 4-5 weeks in October and November.