NORFOLK AWARDED $250,000 TO TRANSFORM ST. PAUL’S AREA

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Fri, 03/25/2011

 

NORFOLK AWARDED $250,000TO TRANSFORM ST. PAUL’S AREA
Saint Paul’s area is one of 17 to receive first of HUD Choice Neighborhood Grants

 

Project to revitalize St. Paul's Blvd.: wavy.com

 

 

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Richmond Field Office Director John Hall joined U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott today to announce that Norfolk is among 17 cities to be awarded the first Planning Grant funding through the Department’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Norfolk will receive $250,000 to transform [project or area name] into new viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhood (see attached project summary).
 
“This grant will go a long way to revitalizing three neighborhoods in the greater St. Paul’s Boulevard area. Because of the input of citizens, local stakeholders, and other collaborative partners, this grant will help us create a more sustainable community and a stronger Norfolk,” said  Congressman Bobby Scott.
 
The communities awarded funding today will share a total of $4 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants while six other communities are selected as finalists to compete for approximately $61 million in Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants (see attached lists).
 
HUD’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CN) will promote a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. Building on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods will link housing improvements with a wider variety of public services including schools, public transit and employment opportunities. 
 
“Today, we turn a new page in the way we tackle intergenerational poverty,” said Regional Administrator Jane C. W. Vincent    “President Obama has said that there is no greater economic policy than one that invests in our children’s future and helps America out-educate the world. But that's not possible if we leave a whole generation of children behind in our poorest neighborhoods. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative expands on the bipartisan success of the HOPE VI program by recognizing that we must link affordable housing with a mix of incomes and uses with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets.” 
 
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s interagency Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative – a collaboration between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services to support the ability of local leaders from the public and private sectors and attract the private investment needed to transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools every family needs.
 
HUD received 119 submissions for CN Planning Grants and 42 submissions from communities seeking CN Implementation Grants. Successful Planning Grant applicants demonstrated their intent to
transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing while leveraging investments to create high-quality public schools, outstanding education and early learning programs, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs and well-functioning services. HUD focused on directing resources to address three core goals – housing, people and neighborhoods. 
 
The 17 communities awarded CN Planning Grants will use the funding to build the capacity they need to get them ready to undertake a successful neighborhood transformation to create a choice neighborhood. These grants will enable these communities create a comprehensive “Transformation Plan,” or road map, to transforming distressed public and/or assisted housing within a distressed community. This Federal support provides a significant incentive for the local community to take critical steps to create viable neighborhood transformation. 
 
“Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority appreciates this vote of confidence from the Obama Administration and HUD to carry out this important planning work,” said Shurl Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer. “We will work diligently with the City of Norfolk and community partners to finalize a plan our citizens will embrace with pride,” Montgomery stated.  
 
The six finalists for CN Implementation Grants have already undertaken the comprehensive local planning process and are ready to move forward with their Transformation Plan to redevelop their target neighborhoods. HUD will publish a second Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) shortly to give these finalists the opportunity to assemble and submit a more detailed application for the approximately $61 million in available funding. HUD will award these grants by the end of September. 
 

Congress approved the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative with the passage of HUD’s FY 2010 budget, allowing HUD to use $65 million in funding to provide competitive grants to assist in the transformation, rehabilitation and preservation of public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing. CN builds on the successes and lessons of HUD’s HOPE VI program and widened the traditional pool of eligible applicants by allowing, in addition to public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit developers (who apply jointly with a public entity) to apply. 

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grantees

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