What is Community Development? 

Community Development is a practice-based profession that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings.

We manage a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $825,000 annually for the Town, to best help our community.


What resources does Community Development offer?

  • Social Services, including ESOL classes, First-Time Homebuyers Classes, Family Self-Sufficiency support, and Refugee Support among others.
  • Infrastructure improvement and planning projects
  • Housing Rehabilitation to low- and moderate-income residents within the Southeast Target Area or for emergencies
  • Neighborhood-Focused Code Enforcement
  • Refugee Resources through the Refugee Resource Center at Merrick Station.
  • Connection to state and local resources, such as small business development, housing or home ownership assistance, translation services, and many more. 

Learn more about our current programs here.

Learn more and apply for housing rehab, or other housing-related resources, here. 

Check out our CDBG Story Map (Full Screen)


Community Development Activities

 WGBY Feature on the Merrick Station Mural

Photos of events and programs

Community Development Agendas & Minutes

Community Development Documents