September 1, 2011

In the News: Choice Neighborhoods Winners Garner Major Press Coverage

In case you missed it, yesterday HUD announced the winners of its first-ever Choice Neighborhoods implementation grants. Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle will leverage a collective $122 million to rehabilitate severely distressed public and multifamily housing developments and revitalize their surrounding communities. These cities will use their grant money to go far […]

May 20, 2011

Salisbury Post: Transformation of West End Set to Begin

As the smallest of 17 cities in the U.S. to win a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from HUD, Salisbury, North Carolina has put themselves in the running for a $30 million grant.  This will allow city officials to implement a bigger vision: to transform the West End neighborhood. Read more at

April 6, 2011

Giving Our Children Opportunity by Transforming Neighborhoods

Today, I joined Mayor Bloomberg to attend the ground-breaking of the Promise Academy Charter School in the Harlem Children’s Zone, the remarkable education and anti-poverty effort led by Geoffrey Canada. What makes the Harlem Children’s Zone unique isn’t simply that it encourages children to have dreams – but that it helps children see a path […]

March 18, 2011

Choice Neighborhoods: Improving Housing and Lives

Today HUD announced that 17 communities across the U.S. will receive HUD’s first Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants. While the maximum grant is only $250,000, the lasting impact this funding will have on children who have been left behind in some of this nation’s poorest neighborhoods is infinite. For example, this funding will allow the Albany […]

February 22, 2011

HUD Launches New Quarterly Publication Geared Toward Future Policy Direction

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In an effort to promote a new generation of data-driven and evidence-based policymaking, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has unveiled a new quarterly publication intended to inform housing and community development advocates, state and local policymakers, Congress and researchers on new approaches to issues related to housing and community development. Evidence […]