Community Development Advisory Commission

Mission Statement

This commission's responsibility is to make recommendations to and advise the Economic and Community Development Department with regard to the operation and funding of the Community Development Block Grant program. The commission acts as an advisory board over the federal monies the town receives from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office. Hamden receives an annual budget from HUD in order to conduct programs for low-moderate income families, and the commission oversees all of those activities.

Meetings & Calendar

Community Development Advisory Commission meetings occur at 6:30PM on the second Wednesday of each month. *Meetings may be held virtually on Zoom. Check agenda for more information. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Town Charter Rules Regarding Boards & Commissions:

The following is per our Town’s Charter:

  • Minority Party Representation: The political affiliation of the members of all appointed Boards or Commissions or panel of alternates shall reflect the requirements of the General Statutes with respect to minority party representation.
  • Geographical Areas of the Town: Best efforts shall be made to avoid the appointment of more than 1 member from the same Legislative Council District; however, under no circumstance shall more than 2 members be appointed from the same Legislative Council District.
  • Youth Representation: There shall be 2 non-voting positions on each Board and Commission for youths in the Town, ages 15 through 18, regardless of their status in a public or private high school, and they shall be residents of the Town.
  • Dual Appointment: No person may serve as an appointed member of more than one Board or Commission at the same time, with the exception of a Charter Revision Commission, other Boards or Commissions of finite duration, or appointment as a representative of the Town on regional entities.
  • Limitations of Service: On and after December 1st, 2023:
    • No person shall be appointed to a term on any Board or Commission if, at the time of the commencement of such new term, such person shall have served 12 consecutive years on such Board or Commission or, if during the subsequent term, said appointment would result in service in excess of said limitation of service. 
    • This limitation of service shall be applied to members of Boards and Commissions serving at the effective date of this provision. 
    • The time served by a person filling a partial term shall be counted toward the limitation of service. 
    • Any person whose term ends due to this provision may be reappointed to such Board or Commission after a lapse of 1 year. 


This commission consists of 9 members. No more than 5 members may be from the same political party.

Term Expiration
Brian C. Courtney (Chair)3/31/2023R5
Candace Birks3/31/2024D3
Jameka Jeffries3/31/2024U9
Michael Brooks3/31/2024U9
Tanisha Thomas Asbery3/31/2026D1
Mike Johnson3/31/2022D2
Thomas Whitbread3/31/2023U9


D - Democrat; R - Republican; U - Unaffiliated 

Youth Members


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Contact Information

If you would like to email the chair of the Community Development Citizens Advisory Commission, please email Brian Courtney at

If you would like to email the Community Development Citizens Advisory Commission, please email