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HUD No. 11-218
Donna White
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Friday
September 16, 2011

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $15 MILLION TO 5 PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO CREATE EDUCATION CENTERS FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded five public housing authorities $15 million in grants today that will be used to create early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents.

"What better time than now to invest in helping Americans win the future," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "This funding fills the gap for public housing agencies that want to provide these services but lacked the resources. This is an investment to make certain we connect affordable housing with quality education and employment resources."

HUD's Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) Program provides funding to public housing authorities for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of facilities that will offer early childhood education, adult education and/or job training programs. It is designed primarily for public housing residents, but can be utilized by residents in the surrounding community. The purpose of the facilities is to offer comprehensive, integrated education and employment services to help public housing residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.

The following public housing authorities are receiving CFCF grants:

STATE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY FUNDING AMOUNT
Georgia Northwest Georgia Housing Authority $ 1,662,643
Maine Brewer Housing Authority $ 2,491,690
New Jersey Newark Housing Authority $ 5,000,000
New York White Plains Housing Authority $ 3,500,000
Washington City of Tacoma Housing Authority $ 1,881,652

TOTAL

$14,535,985

HUD requires successful applicants to illustrate their ability to get firm financial commitments to leverage the HUD grant by at least 5 percent. These applicants were also required to identify at least one education and/or training supportive service provider, such as a community college, that would partner with the housing authority to provide the education and employment services at the facility. All of the grantees surpassed this requirement by forming partnerships with many local organizations in the community.

Read more about the grants awarded today.

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