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HUD R3 No. 14-33
Niki Edwards
(215) 430-6622
www.hud.gov/pennsylvania

FOR RELEASE
Monday
June 30, 2014

 HUD AWARDS $30 MILLION TO REVITALIZE NORTH CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA

PHILADEPHIA – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Jemine Bryon announced today a North Central Philadelphia neighborhood will receive $30 million to redevelop severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing and bring comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to blighted areas.  North Central Philadelphia is among three other communities to receive Choice Neighborhoods Initiative implementation grants to begin the process of transforming, rehabilitating and preserving public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing.

As part of HUD’s overall plan for revitalizing neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, Choice Neighborhoods funds are intended to transform distressed public and assisted housing into sustainable, mixed-income housing with connection to key assets and services and to support positive outcomes for families living in the development and in the neighborhood. 

“HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative supports local visions for how to transform high-poverty, distressed communities into neighborhoods of opportunity,” said Bryon. “By working together, with local and state partners we will show why neighborhoods should always be defined by their potential – not their problems.  Together, we will work to ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code and expand opportunity for all.”

Rep. Chaka Fattah added, “This Neighborhood Choice grant will improve the life chances for thousands of Philadelphians who will be brought into the revitalization and prosperity of our city. I am extremely pleased to see the North Central Philadelphia community and its dedicated partners recognized for their vision of a brighter future for this neighborhood. I have been an advocate of this program and every year have fought for its funding. I am proud to see these funds come home today. ”

“This funding will bring much-needed resources to the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Housing Authority as they work to transform Norris Apartments in North Central Philadelphia,” said Jane C.W. Vincent, Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region.  “We look forward to working with all of our local partners to make the next chapter in the history of this neighborhood its best yet.”

HUD received 44 applications for implementation grants.  The following applicants will receive a combined total of nearly $120 million in award from the FY13 competition funds (read a complete summary of each grant):

State Awardee/Co-Awardee City Amount
Ohio Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Columbus $29,700,000
Connecticut Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk/Norwalk Redevelopment Agency Norwalk $30,000,000
Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia, Office of Housing & Community Development/Philadelphia Housing Authority Philadelphia $30,000,000
Pennsylvania Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh/City of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh $30,000,000

Building on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods links housing improvements with a wide variety of public services and neighborhood improvements to create neighborhoods of opportunity.

HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is one of the signature programs of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies that bring public and private partners together to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.  It encourages collaboration between HUD and the Departments of Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services to support local solutions for sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools all families need.  Choice Neighborhoods also contributes to the President’s Promise Zone Initiative, which will revitalize up to 20 of America’s highest-poverty communities by creating jobs, attracting private investment, increasing economic activity, expanding educational opportunity, and reducing violent crime.

Congress approved the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative with the passage of HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget.  Funding is provided through two separate programs – Implementation Grants and Planning Grants.  In 2011, HUD awarded its first Choice Implementation grants for Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, a combined $122.27 million investment to bring comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to blighted areas in these cities.  With today’s announcement, HUD has awarded more than $350 million in Choice Implementation Grants since 2011.  

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