| HUD No. 03-097
October 7, 2003
HUD AWARDS $7.4 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS TO 14 HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
SCHOOLS IN AL, FL, LA, NC, SC, TN, TX, DC AND VI EARN GRANTS
Florida A&M University receives $550,000
WASHINGTON - Fourteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities will receive $7.4 million
to revitalize distressed neighborhoods near their campuses by expanding their
role and effectiveness in neighborhood revitalization,
housing, and economic development, HUD Deputy Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today.
"I believe our nation's
black colleges and universities should be catalysts in bringing opportunities
American communities," said Jackson. "With the help of these grants, HBCU's will continue grooming many African-American youth for careers in business, law and medicine while revitalizing the communities in which the schools reside."
The HBCU program funds grantees to carry out projects designed primarily
to benefit low- and moderate-income residents or meet urgent community development
needs. The grants can be used for activities such as: acquiring
real estate; demolition; homeownership assistance to low- and moderate-income persons; special economic development activities; and rehabilitation of residential, commercial or industrial buildings to correct code violations.
The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
University (FAMU) in Tallahassee is to receive $550,000, and will use
its HBCU grant to provide community development assistance to Bond/Southside and Greater Frenchtown areas.
The Institute on Urban Policy and Commerce (the Institute) at FAMU will expand the role of the University for the
purpose of providing economic development, housing assistance for the homeless, and family empowerment for low-to-moderate income residents residing in the Bond/Southside and Greater Frenchtown neighborhoods revitalization strategy areas. The grants were awarded in a competitive process. Grant recipients are:
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
Tuskegee University - Tuskegee
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Tallahassee
Southern University at New Orleans - New Orleans
Johnson C. Smith University - Charlotte Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem
Barber-Scotia College - West Concord
Claflin University - Orangeburg
Voorhees College - Denmark
Lane College - Jackson
LeMoyne-Owen College - Memphis
Texas Southern University - Houston
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Howard University - Washington
University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas
HUD's HBCU Program is one of several initiatives administered by its Office
of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering
colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers
to pressing urban problems. HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing
homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities
for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities
and people living with AIDS. The Department also
promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More
information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.
Note to editors: Detailed grant summaries are available on HUD's website.