The City of McKinney Housing & Community Development Department will host a holiday meet and greet for P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Resident Involvement, Development, and Enthusiasm) neighborhood groups on Thursday, Dec. 13. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Old Settler’s Park Recreation Center North Gym, 1201 E. Louisiana St.

P.R.I.D.E. neighborhood residents are invited to celebrate the holiday season with city, community and neighborhood leaders for a time of fellowship and commitment to all Housing & Community Development activities in McKinney. District 1 City Council member Don Day and invited community leaders will address residents on housing, economic and community development activities.

Neighborhoods without a formal Homeowner Association participate in P.R.I.D.E. activities with the goal of creating involved neighborhoods through mutual responsibility, creative problem solving, and a spirit of teamwork between residents and the city. Activities include revitalization efforts with stakeholders, community engagement and planning. The public is encouraged to attend.

The city’s Housing and Community Development Department has two divisions – the Community Services Division directs the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Community Support Grants, and Public Awareness activities. The Housing Services Division oversees the development of quality, accessible, affordable housing for McKinney residents. Programs include first-time homebuyer assistance; tenant based rental assistance, home repair rehabilitation and the reconstruction of existing housing.

For more information on the event, contact Shirletta Best at 972-547-7577 or sbest@mckinneytexas.org.

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of more than 136,500. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments, and it was recently ranked as the No. 2 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.