Awardees can use grant funds to transform public and/or other HUD-assisted housing, as well as the surrounding neighborhood
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge today announced the awarding of Choice Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) Grants totaling $180 million.
Secretary Fudge made the announcement in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she presented a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grant to the Tulsa Housing Authority and the City of Tulsa and HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman presented a CNI Grant to the City of Omaha and the Omaha Housing Authority. Each city received a program-high $50 million grant.
The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their plan to redevelop the distressed public and/or assisted housing and neighborhood. The grants will help revitalize and transform neighborhoods across the country, while also providing residents with services focused on income, health, and education.
“Choice Neighborhoods awards are an investment in housing, people, and neighborhoods,” said Secretary Fudge. “They are a testament to the benefits of a community-driven, whole-of-government approach to neighborhood revitalization. This is the kind of investment that excites me as Secretary of HUD. It excites me because I know that this is what it will take to ensure that every one of our nation’s communities can thrive. When we invest in housing, when we build up communities and ensure that residents have access to grocery stores, schools, and health care, we can make a real difference in people’s lives.”
The CNI grants fund the creation of mixed-income housing communities, improve economic development opportunities, and support wide-scale community revitalization efforts that focus on the three areas of Housing, People and Neighborhood. The new grantees will join a committed group of 40 other Choice Neighborhoods sites nationwide that have collectively invested more than $5 billion into historically disinvested communities.
“Choice Neighborhoods awards are transformative tools that help breathe new life into communities,” said Deputy Secretary Todman. “Choice Neighborhoods investments allow communities to build housing, improve access to services and jobs, and to revitalize their areas in ways that can benefit residents of today and future residents, alike.”
Continuing the grantee visits, HUD Region 4 Administrator Jose Alvarez will make a trip to Knoxville, TN on Friday, September 23, where he will present a $40 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to the Knoxville Community Development Corporation and the City of Knoxville.
Finally, Durham, North Carolina will welcome HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominique Blom on Monday, September 26, to announce the $40 million that the Durham Housing Authority and City of Durham have been awarded.
|City of Omaha/Omaha Housing Authority
|Durham Housing Authority/City of Durham
|Knoxville Community Development Corporation/City of Knoxville
|Tulsa Housing Authority/City of Tulsa