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Communities in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Nevada and Missouri awarded Planning Grants

WASHINGTON – January 19, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Building on a commitment to help local communities redevelop distressed public or assisted housing and transform neighborhoods, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced seven new Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant awards. These awards will help grantees craft comprehensive, locally driven plans to revitalize and transform distressed neighborhoods.   Part of the Obama Administration’s effort to build Ladders of Opportunity to the middle classHUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods struggling to address the interconnected challenges of distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital.

HUD is awarding $3.2 million in Choice Neighborhood Planning grants to the following:


City, State

Target Neighborhood

Planning Grant

City of Flint/Flint Housing Commission Flint, Michigan South Saginaw $500,000
City of Gary/Legacy Foundation and the City of Gary Economic Development Corporation Gary, Indiana University Park East $500,000
Louisville Metro Housing Authority Louisville, Kentucky Russell $425,000
Mobile Housing Board Mobile, Alabama Three Mile Trace $375,000
Mobile Housing Board Mobile, Alabama Thomas James Place $457,500
City of North Las Vegas/Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority North Las Vegas, Nevada Urban Core $485,000
Urban Strategies, Inc. St. Louis, Missouri Near North Side $500,000

Secretary Castro made the announcement at the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, one of the grantees that will use the funding to improve the Russell neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.

“These Choice Neighborhood grants will spark the creation of community plans for progress,” said Castro. “We look forward to working with local leaders to breathe new life into struggling neighborhoods, transforming them into places where residents can flourish and dreams can thrive.”

Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature place-based initiative and its vision builds on the work that has been done by the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, an interagency partnership between HUD, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and Treasury, since 2009. Choice Neighborhoods also supports the Ladders of Opportunity plan, which will help community partners rebuild neighborhoods, expand early learning opportunities, create pathways to jobs, and strengthen families. Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
  • People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.
  • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

HUD’s commitment to teamwork means local residents and leaders are leading the way in revitalizing their communities.  In order to develop a plan that meets the core goals of Choice neighborhoods, broad civic engagement will be needed.  Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers come together to create a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood.  This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.


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.
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Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685