Director, Department of Community Development
Laurin Yoder has over 8 years of experience in local government; specifically grant administration and community development. Prior to coming to the City of Miami Gardens in 2009, she was employed with the City of Homestead as the Community Development Manager. As the City’s Community Development Director, Ms. Yoder is responsible for administering, implementing and monitoring Federal, State, and local grant programs in the City’s Department of Community Development. Some of the programs she oversees are; economic development, housing rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, emergency rehabilitation assistance, infrastructure and public facility improvements, and public services.
Before getting into public service, Ms. Yoder worked in bank marketing and public relations for 8 years. She is 3rd generation born and raised in Miami, and holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Florida State University.
“Connecting the pieces for a stronger community”
The mission of the Department of Community Development is to utilize the grant funds it receives from Federal, State and Local government sources to aid in the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
The Department’s efforts in carrying out a wide range of community development activities are directed towards neighborhood revitalization, economic development, improved community facilities and services, and assisting those least likely to benefit from the economic growth and prosperity projected for the City.
The Department of Community Development is responsible for administering programs that utilize Federal, State and Local government funding to carry out various activities that community residents identified as “needed” during the visioning process in 2005.
The Department was formed in October, 2006 and received its first allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Fiscal Year 2006-2007. In 2007, the Department received its first allocation of State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. In the same year, the Department was also awarded additional funding through the Miami-Dade Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). Annually, the Department submits to HUD, an Action Plan that reflects how the funds will be utilized to meet these needs. Additionally, a Local Housing Assistance Plan is submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation outlining how the community’s housing needs will be met.
Click here to view a chart showing all funds received by the Department of Community Development since 2006, by funding type and year received. To view the total funds received to date, by program type click here.
Utilizing these funds, the Department offers a diverse range of programs including, but not limited to, services for youth and the elderly populations of our community, housing rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, commercial redevelopment, and infrastructure improvements.
The Department of Community Development is dedicated to the City’s residents and we take pride in our achievements to date. We recognize that there are still a great number of residents in need of assistance. We will continue to collaborate with other municipalities and agencies in order to leverage all possible resources to assist the needs of our community. With this in mind, we have established very aggressive goals for the future as we continue “connecting the pieces for a stronger community.”
NSP1 = Neighborhood Stabilization Program (1st Round)