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HUD No. 15-003
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685

FOR RELEASE
Friday
January 16, 2015

HUD AWARDS CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS IN SIX CITIES
Communities in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Nevada and Missouri awarded Planning Grants

WASHINGTON – Building on a commitment to help local communities redevelop distressed public or assisted housing and transform neighborhoods, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced seven new Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant awards. These awards will help grantees craft comprehensive, locally driven plans to revitalize and transform distressed neighborhoods.   Part of the Obama Administration’s effort to build Ladders of Opportunity to the middle classHUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods struggling to address the interconnected challenges of distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital. 

HUD is awarding $3.2 million in Choice Neighborhood Planning grants to the following:

Grantee/Co-Grantee

City, State

Target Neighborhood

Planning Grant

City of Flint/Flint Housing Commission

Flint, Michigan

South Saginaw

$500,000

City of Gary/Legacy Foundation and the City of Gary Economic Development Corporation

Gary, Indiana

University Park East

$500,000

Louisville Metro Housing Authority

Louisville, Kentucky

Russell

$425,000

Mobile Housing Board

Mobile, Alabama

Three Mile Trace

$375,000

Mobile Housing Board

Mobile, Alabama

Thomas James Place

$457,500

City of North Las Vegas/Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Urban Core

$485,000

Urban Strategies, Inc.

St. Louis, Missouri

Near North Side

$500,000

Secretary Castro made the announcement at the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, one of the grantees that will use the funding to improve the Russell neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.

“These Choice Neighborhood grants will spark the creation of community plans for progress,” said Castro. “We look forward to working with local leaders to breathe new life into struggling neighborhoods, transforming them into places where residents can flourish and dreams can thrive.”

Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature place-based initiative and its vision builds on the work that has been done by the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, an interagency partnership between HUD, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and Treasury, since 2009. Choice Neighborhoods also supports the Ladders of Opportunity plan, which will help community partners rebuild neighborhoods, expand early learning opportunities, create pathways to jobs, and strengthen families. Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
     
  • People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.
     
  • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families' choices about their community.

HUD’s commitment to teamwork means local residents and leaders are leading the way in revitalizing their communities.  In order to develop a plan that meets the core goals of Choice neighborhoods, broad civic engagement will be needed.  Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers come together to create a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood.  This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

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