For nearly 20 years, HUD has awarded HOPE VI Revitalization grants to public housing authorities across the U.S.— revitalizing public housing, transforming communities, and improving the lives of residents. Today, HUD is awarding $153 million in HOPE VI grants to eight cities: Boston; Denver; Louisville, Kentucky; Paterson, New Jersey; St. Louis; Taunton, Massachsetts; Phoenix; and Portland, Oregon. Families living in public housing in these cities will soon begin seeing positive changes in their neighborhoods where severely distressed housing will be replaced with a new mixed-income community. But that’s just the start. These HOPE VI grants mark a national turning point in the effort to create new, more comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization. It’s called the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.
HUD Secretary Donovan said, “No one can dispute the exceptional track record of HOPE VI to improve housing conditions for hundreds of communities and most importantly, thousands of families. As we move toward the next generation of neighborhood revitalization – one that links housing, education, transportation, healthcare, and other support services – we will always remember it all began with HOPE VI.”