Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grantees Announced

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 6, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Rowhouses in City Center of Philadelphia, Choice Neighborhoods Grant Winner 2014

Back in 2010, the Obama administration began to catalyze change in distressed communities by creating the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), an interagency approach that would support local solutions to create opportunites in high-poverty neighborhoods. The initiative includes collaboration among stakeholders and the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC), White House Office of Urban Affairs (WHOUA), the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (ED), Justice (DoJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury. Since the inception of NRI, more than $350 million has been invested in more than 100 high-poverty communities, through programs like Promise Neighborhoods and Choice Neighborhoods grants, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grants, and the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program.  

HUD recently announced that four communities would receive nearly $120 million under the Choice Neighborhoods program to revitalize housing and surrounding neighborhoods: Stakeholder groups in Columbus, Ohio; Norwalk, Connecticut; and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will receive grant funding of approximately $30 million each to begin the process of transforming, rehabilitating, and preserving public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing. Here's the breakdown: 

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

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