NCDA Region VI & Harris County CSD thank you for a successful conference!

From October 26th to the 28th, government professionals from five states gathered for the National Community Development Association (NCDA) Region VI Conference in Houston. Co-host Harris County Community Services Department (HCCSD) welcomed professionals from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas for trainings, roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, and a bus tour of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded local projects.

The NCDA is a professional network of more than 400 local governments across the U.S. who oversee and distribute HUD funds to subgrantees in the area of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOME Investment Partnerships, to name a few. HCCSD funnels these grants into a variety of county-wide programs, including expansion of affordable housing and economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income residents, as well as persons experiencing homelessness.

Notable guests who spoke at the conference included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis, HUD Regional Administrator Candace Valenzuela, HUD Houston Field Office Director of Community Planning and Development Stacia Johnson, and NCDA Region VI President Kevin Howard.

“We were grateful for the opportunity to host our community development colleagues in what was an impactful training and networking experience. Equally exciting was our bus tour where we presented several different initiatives, spearheaded by HCCSD and its partners, that were financed by federal dollars,” stated Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Executive Director, HCCSD.

On Wednesday, October 26, HCCSD hosted a VIP Reception for conference attendees and guests at the POST Houston Downtown. This was an opportunity to showcase the 550,000 square foot mixed-use redevelopment of the historic former U.S. Post Office in Downtown Houston. Thank you to all our sponsors that helped to underwrite the costs of our conference activities!

Conference Special Guests

Top Row: HCCSD Executive Director Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, NCDA Executive Director Vicki Watson, NCDA Region VI President Kevin Howard

Middle Row: City of Houston Council Member Karla Cisneros, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, HUD CPD Director Stacia Johnson, NCDA Region VI President Kevin Howard, HCCSD Executive Director Dr. Adrienne Holloway, HUD Regional Administrator Candace Valenzuela, NCDA Executive Director Vicki Watson

Bottom Row: HCCSD Executive Director Dr. Adrienne Holloway, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis

We Appreciate Our Sponsors!

VIP Reception @The POST

CSD Highlights Local HUD Funded Projects