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We all learn as we grow older – and HUD is no exception.
In 1992, HUD launched HOPE VI, an unprecedented grant program aimed at revitalizing severely distressed public housing. HOPE VI gave communities the opportunity to compete for funding to transform areas burdened by blight and crime into neighborhoods of opportunity. Over the lifetime of HOPE VI, HUD and its partners have observed a wealth of innovative, successful projects – and we’ve learned a tremendous amount in the process.
It is with this gained knowledge that HUD proudly announces the winners of its inaugural round of Choice Neighborhoods implementation grants. Five cities – Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle – will leverage a collective $122 million to turn neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into thriving, mixed-income communities equipped with the employment, educational, health, transportation, and public safety resources families need to thrive.
Choice Neighborhoods celebrates the successes of HOPE VI and builds upon them, enshrining the lessons we’ve learned. These five cities will use their grant money not just to revitalize public housing, but to reinvigorate and heal entire communities, knitting into them support services that will lay the foundation for long-term community prosperity.
The Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant winners are poised to breathe new life into five communities in need, and they will do so with a more comprehensive toolkit than HUD has ever before been able to provide.
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