January 10, 2012

HUD Awards Grants to 13 Communities

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Today, Secretary Donovan announced the 13 communities that were chosen to receive HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants.  These communities will receive a total $3.6 million.

The funds awarded target public housing communities that are in need of revitalization. According to Secretary Donovan, “These communities can now begin the comprehensive planning needed to turn distressed housing and long-neglected neighborhoods into viable and sustainable mixed-income communities that support positive outcome for families.”

In addition, these grants will incentivize local communities to facilitate their own plans to create viable neighborhood transformation. Selected communities have shown a commitment to improving education, public transportation and job growth, as well. Also today, Donovan announced another $110 million in implementation grants available to transform public and assisted housing and to revitalize communities.  Appearing in today’s Federal Register is the Notice of Funding Availability, the federal application, for the FY 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Program.  Read HUD’s funding notice.

The Choice Neighborhood program is a part of a larger, multi-agency collaboration effort implemented by President Obama.  Known as the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, the program partners HUD with the Treasury, Justice, Education and Health and Human Services departments to support local solutions for sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools all families need.

More information about the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants can be found here.

One Response to HUD Awards Grants to 13 Communities

  1. Dear Sir or Madam
    Please accept this letter as an explanation of the personal hardship that I am currently under that has rendered me unable to pay my mortgage over the past one year.
    I am at my last resort and last process in action for foreclose mode. My mortgage were increased year ago and it is a negative arm. Whatever I was able to come up with went towards my mortgage and now I have exhausted all of my funds.
    Presently, I am an unemployed. I am working as a part-time as a Teacher and it is so hard for keeping up with all necessary bills. I have an infant daughter & 6 years old daughter at home. My wife cannot work due to taken care of our children.
    We had given over $675,000 dollars real estate taxes to the government when is our
    job and real estate investment was flourishing. Please help us to save our loving house.

    As you can see from my credit report, the amount of credit card debt that I am in totals over $150,000.00. Our house in Florida already foreclosed. I am in over my head and I hope that you take my situation into consideration and help me for a grant for our house & help us to save our loving home. Recently, my father passed away. Due to my frustration, I went to psychiatric counselor.

    I work as a graphic designer/interior decorator. When the economy was in better shape, I was going well and was flourishing. Now I barely have any job. You see, in the industry that I am in, my services are not a necessity to people. As mentioned, the economy is in poor state and people can no longer afford luxuries such as graphic designs and interior decorating. On top of this, as a result of the economy, across the nation, many furniture manufacturers have gone bankrupt. As a freelance consultant, my job entails
    a great deal of traveling and the price of gas in New York is ridiculous. It is over $3.50/gallon and I have to travel on a daily basis to Westchester, Long Island and
    New Jersey to meet with clients.

    I hope that this letter paints a clear picture of the situation that I am currently in. It pains me to have to uproot my family from the home that we live in, but I have no choice.
    I hope that you will consider my situation before I lost our house & no place to live.
    Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.


    Don Chowdhury
    Cell: 347-242-0099, Ph: 718-224-1217, Fax: 718-224-1218
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