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HUD Awards First Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle will be the first cities to receive Implementation Grants under the Choice Neighborhood Initiative.

The Choice Neighborhood program is part of the Obama Administration’s interagency Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which seeks to transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools. The five cities will receive a combined $122 million to redevelop blighted areas, which all contain severely distressed public and/or assisted housing. The cities demonstrated a plan to bring together the partnerships and resources necessary to create high-quality public schools, early learning programs, public assets, public transportation and improved access to jobs and well-functioning services.

"We'll win the future only if we can ensure that people in every community - even those living in our most troubled neighborhoods - have access to the American Dream," said President Barack Obama. "With HUD's Choice Neighborhoods grants, my Administration has brought local communities an innovative new tool to ensure that all families can access the quality affordable housing, safe streets, and good schools they need to compete in the 21st century economy."

The following grants were announced Wednesday:

  • $20.5 million to the City of Boston and the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, targeting the neighborhood of Woodledge/Morrant Bay Apartments/Dorchester/Quincy Corridor community.
  • $30.5 million to the City of Chicago and Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., targeting Grove Parc Plaza and Woodlawn community.
  • $30.5 million to the City of New Orleans and the Housing Authority of New Orleans, targeting the Iberville Public Housing Development and the Iberville/Treme community.
  • $30.5 million to the San Francisco Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Salazar, targeting the Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and the Eastern Bayview community.
  • $10.27 million to the Housing Authority of the City of Seattle, targeting the Yesler Terrace Public Housing Development and the Yesler Community.

To Learn More:
Summary of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
Summary of the Implementation Grants


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