HUD AWARDS NEARLY $34 MILLION TO 10 PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO CREATE EDUCATION CENTERS FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $34 MILLION TO 10 PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO CREATE EDUCATION CENTERS FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS

WASHINGTON, DC – May 25, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 10 public housing authorities nearly $34 million in grants today that will be used as seed money to create early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents.

“As President Obama has said, if America is to win the future, we need to out-educate the rest of the world,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “This funding helps public housing agencies that want to provide these services but lacked the resources. This is an investment to make certain we connect affordable housing with quality education and training resources.”

HUD’s Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) Program provides funding to public housing authorities for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of facilities that will offer early childhood education, adult education and job training programs. It is designed primarily for public housing residents, but can be utilized by residents in the surrounding community.  The purpose of the facilities is to offer comprehensive, integrated education and employment services to help public housing residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.

HUD required successful applicants to illustrate their ability to get firm financial commitments of at least 5 percent to leverage the HUD grant. The applicants were also required to identify at least one education and/or training supportive service provider, such as a community college, that would partner with the housing authority to provide education and employment services at the facility. All of the grantees surpassed this requirement by forming partnerships with many local organizations in the community.

The following public housing authorities are receiving CFCF grants:

     

State

Housing Authority

Funding Amount

MASSACHUSETTS
  Boston Housing Authority

$5,000,000

 

State total:

$5,000,000

MISSOURI
  St. Louis Housing Authority

$5,000,000

     
 

State total:

$5,000,000

MONTANA
  Helena Housing Authority

$576,479

 

State total:

$576,479

NORTH CAROLINA
  Housing Authority of the City of Asheville

$3,997,348

 

State total:

$3,997,348

NEW JERSEY
  Housing Authority of the City of Camden

$2,230,168

 

State total:

$2,230,168

NEW YORK
  Albany Housing Authority

$4,983,822

 

State total:

$4,983,822

OHIO
  Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

$4,002,147

 

State total:

$4,002,147

TEXAS
  Housing Authority of the City of Austin

$1,745,550

 

State total:

$1,745,550

WASHINGTON
  Housing Authority of the City of Seattle (SHA)

$3,109,271

  King County Housing Authority

$3,029,773

 

State total:

$6,139,044

TOTAL:

$33,674,558

Read more about the grants being awarded today.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Contact:
Donna White
(202) 708-0685

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

Contact:

Brian Sullivan
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