March 18, 2011
BALTIMORE AWARDED $213,000 TO TRANSFORM CENTRAL WEST BALTIMORE
Central West Baltimore is one of 17 to receive first of HUD Choice Neighborhood Grants
BALTIMORE - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent, Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez and Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Galante joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings to announce that Baltimore is among 17 cities to be awarded the first Planning Grant funding through the Department's new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Baltimore will receive $213,000 to transform Central West Baltimore into a new viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhood (see attached project summary).
"Jubilee Baltimore, Inc. and Baltimore Housing, along with other partners, have a strong vision for redeveloping Pedestal Gardens so that it will become a vibrant city neighborhood that will attract families and businesses" said Cardin. "I applaud HUD's commitment to this project and to ensuring that Baltimore has affordable housing that will help revitalize this Central West Baltimore neighborhood."
"This grant will help Baltimore invest in the needs of its families by revitalizing Pedestal Gardens," U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski said. "I am proud to see this project helping strengthen a stressed neighborhood. Everyone deserves decent, safe, affordable housing."
"I know that this grant will improve the lives of hundreds of people here in West Baltimore, and will by extension improve the lives of their friends and families," said Cummings. I look forward to seeing the good that government can do when we pull together for the betterment of others."
The communities awarded funding today will share a total of $4 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants while six other communities are selected as finalists to compete for approximately $61 million in Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants (see attached lists).
HUD's new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CN) will promote a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. Building on the successes of HUD's HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods will link housing improvements with a wider variety of public services including schools, public transit and employment opportunities.
"Today, we turn a new page in the way we tackle intergenerational poverty," said Henriquez at a press conference in front of Pedestal Gardens. "President Obama has said that there is no greater economic policy than one that invests in our children's future and helps America out-educate the world. But that's not possible if we leave a whole generation of children behind in our poorest neighborhoods. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative expands on the bipartisan success of the HOPE VI program by recognizing that we must link affordable housing with a mix of incomes and uses with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets."
"As part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Choice Neighborhoods' focus on communities of concentrated poverty is in line with other related efforts across the Administration," added Galante. "Not every community needs the same mix of programs- or the same supports- but we are working to combine Federal education programs, public safety initiatives, and health services with the targeted investments under Choice Neighborhoods. These efforts will cut red tape and lead to smarter government."
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a centerpiece of the Obama Administration's interagency Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative - a collaboration between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services to support the ability of local leaders from the public and private sectors and attract the private investment needed to transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools every family needs.
"As part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Choice Neighborhoods' focus on communities of concentrated poverty is in line with other related efforts across the Administration,' said Galante. "Not every community needs the same mix of programs- or the same supports- but we are working to combine Federal education programs, public safety initiatives, and health services with the targeted investments under Choice Neighborhoods. These efforts will cut red tape and lead to smarter government."
"This grant will launch an effort to re-weave long damaged neighborhoods in a strategic part of Baltimore" said Charlie Duff, President of Jubilee Baltimore.
HUD received 119 submissions for CN Planning Grants and 42 submissions from communities seeking CN Implementation Grants. Successful Planning Grant applicants demonstrated their intent to transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing while leveraging investments to create high-quality public schools, outstanding education and early learning programs, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs and well-functioning services. HUD focused on directing resources to address three core goals - housing, people and neighborhoods.
The 17 communities awarded CN Planning Grants will use the funding to build the capacity they need to get them ready to undertake a successful neighborhood transformation to create a choice neighborhood. These grants will enable these communities create a comprehensive "Transformation Plan," or road map, to transforming distressed public and/or assisted housing within a distressed community. This Federal support provides a significant incentive for the local community to take critical steps to create viable neighborhood transformation.
The six finalists for CN Implementation Grants have already undertaken the comprehensive local planning process and are ready to move forward with their Transformation Plan to redevelop their target neighborhoods. HUD will publish a second Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) shortly to give these finalists the opportunity to assemble and submit a more detailed application for the approximately $61 million in available funding. HUD will award these grants by the end of September.
Congress approved the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative with the passage of HUD's FY 2010 budget, allowing HUD to use $65 million in funding to provide competitive grants to assist in the transformation, rehabilitation and preservation of public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing. CN builds on the successes and lessons of HUD's HOPE VI program and widened the traditional pool of eligible applicants by allowing, in addition to public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit developers (who apply jointly with a public entity) to apply.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.
Choice Neighborhood Planning Grantees
||EXISTING PUBLIC AND/OR ASSISTED HOUSING SITE
AREA OF TOWN
|Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
||Commodore Perry Homes & Woodson Gardens
||Commodore Perry Homes
|Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc.
||Brightwater Apartment Complex
||Eugene Field Neighborhood
|Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
|Housing Authority of the City of Albany
||West Central Albany
|Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta
||Atlanta University Center/Westside of Atlanta
|Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk
|Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury, NC
||Civic Park Apartments
|Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington, NC
|Jackson Housing Authority
||Allenton Heights Redevelopment District
|Jersey City Housing Authority
||McGinley Square - Montgomery Corridor
|Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.
||Central West Baltimore
|Memphis Housing Authority
||Vance Avenue Neighborhood
|Mt. Vernon Manor, Inc.
||Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments
|Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
||Tidewater Park Gardens
||Expanded St. Paul's Area
|Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
||Galilee Majestic Arms; Naomi D. Jackson Height
||Allendale; Ledbetter Heights
|Providence Housing Authority
|San Antonio Housing Authority
Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant Finalists
||Name of the Project
|City of Boston
|Housing Authority of New Orleans
||Iberville Housing Development
|Housing Authority of the City of Seattle
|Housing Authority of the City of Tampa
||Central Park Village
|McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
|Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
||Grove Parc Apartments