HUD: $130 Million Awarded to Revitalize Four Neighborhoods

Federal investments expected to attract more than a $1.5 billion in additional funding for neighborhood reinvestment

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced four communities across the country will receive a combined $130 million to redevelop severely distressed public housing and to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods. Provided through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, these grants, and the more than $1.5 billion they will stimulate from other sources, will transform long-struggling neighborhoods and distressed HUD-assisted housing. Read more about these transformation plans.

Secretary Carson announced that the following communities will receive Choice Neighborhoods grants to implement their neighborhood transformation plans: 

Fiscal Year 2019 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

Awardee(s)Target NeighborhoodAmount
Fort Worth Housing Solutions / City of Fort Worth, TX *Stop Six$35,000,000
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles / City of Los Angeles, CA *Watts$35,000,000
Housing Authority of the City of Winston-Salem / City of Winston-Salem, NCNorth East Winston (“Newside”)$30,000,000
Philadelphia Housing Authority / City of Philadelphia, PA*Sharswood/Blumberg$30,000,000

* Located in an Opportunity Zone

“Today’s Choice Neighborhoods awards will provide a transformational investment in these neighborhoods,” said Secretary Carson. “Even during the Coronavirus outbreak, HUD is continuing to direct support to those communities that need it most.”

“The recipients of the Choice Neighborhoods awards have an opportunity to revitalize communities and create more safe and decent housing,” said Assistant Secretary Kurtz.” As the Office of Public and Indian Housing works with grantees to address the immediate COVID-19 situation, we are excited to work with grantees to plan for the future.”

HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools.

Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  1. 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.
  2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education.
  3. 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.

The four awardees will create 3,641 new mixed-income units as part of an overall effort to revitalize neighborhoods. Based on information provided in the applications for funding, for every $1 in Choice Neighborhoods funds, the awardees will leverage an additional $12 in public and private financing for their project proposals. Together, these four communities self-report leveraging an initial $1.58 billion through other public/private sources to magnify their impact. Three of the awarded communities are also designated Opportunity Zones, attracting further federal investments.

Choice Neighborhoods builds on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, linking housing improvements with a wide variety of public services and neighborhood improvements to create neighborhoods of opportunity. Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature place-based program, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies that bring public and private partners together to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

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