Thursday, September 1, 2011

Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants Announced

This week, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the first-ever Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant awards. Five cities across the nation will receive a combined $122 million to begin neighborhood revitalization efforts. Specifically, the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative aims to transform high-poverty communities into mixed-income neighborhoods by providing access to affordable housing, transit, quality educational opportunities and jobs.

The implementation grantees are:
  • City of Boston & Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation: $20.5 million
  • City of Chicago & Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.: $30.5 million
  • City of New Orleans & Housing Authority of New Orleans: $30.5 million
  • San Francisco Housing Authority & McCormack Baron Salazar: $30.5 million
  • Housing Authority of the City of Seattle: $10.7 million

Summaries of each grantee can be found here.

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a major cornerstone of the Obama Administration's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative - a collaboration between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Education, Treasury and Health and Human Services that strives to bridge public and private resources to transform distressed communities. For more information about these initiatives, click on "Choice Neighborhoods" or "Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative".

Please stayed tuned for further updates as Choice Neighborhood planning grant award winners are expected to be announced in November.

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