HUD Announces $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Community Revitalization Efforts

By klrw460 April 9, 2024

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Adrianne Todman, announced the availability of a $10 million funding opportunity under the FY24 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to bolster local planning efforts aimed at revitalizing communities. The announcement was made during her address at the annual conference of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Acting Secretary Todman emphasized, “These funds are crucial for the development and maintenance of housing, and for enhancing community facilities such as parks and grocery stores. Through strategic community involvement and meticulous planning, this initiative will enhance the quality of life and draw the necessary partnerships and resources that communities are entitled to.”

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants are designed to help develop comprehensive strategies for neighborhood renewal. These strategies, centered around the key areas of Housing, People, and Neighborhoods, require communities to craft and execute a Transformation Plan. This plan serves as a roadmap for the revitalization of both the housing and the surrounding areas, aiming for substantial improvements for the residents.

“Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants have a proven track record of delivering tangible benefits for public housing areas,” noted Richard Monocchio, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. “These grants are an important initial step in attracting partners and significant resources to distressed areas, enhancing the ability of these communities to secure further funding needed to realize their developmental visions.”

About 20 communities are expected to be selected to receive Planning Grant funds, continuing to grow HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program. These grants are available to a diverse range of communities, including small towns, mid-sized cities, large urban areas, and tribal areas. Planning Grantees will also gain extra points and priority in subsequent applications for Implementation Grants. These Implementation Grants can offer up to $50 million to carry out the community’s Transformation Plan.

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