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June 2, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES OVER $1.6 MILLION TO STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AND HOUSING IN ROCKY MOUNT
HUD grants targeted to lower income persons and
families in need
GREENSBORO - HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced
that the City of Rocky Mount will receive more than
$1.6 million in HUD funding to stimulate its local economy, produce affordable housing and help the homeless individuals and families.
"This Administration is committed to promoting
economic development and job growth, increasing the supply of affordable housing,
and helping our most vulnerable neighbors," said Jackson. "These funds
will serve as a catalyst
for low-income families trying to cross the threshold into homeownership and reinforces our commitment to rebuilding entire communities."
The funding for Rocky Mount announced today includes:
in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
- $833,312 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding.
For the past 30 years, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has awarded over $100 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. CDBG is one of HUD's oldest and most popular programs. The rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the largest single use of the grants although CDBG is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. CDBG funds are distributed by formula around the country based on a community's population, income levels, poverty rates and the age of its housing stock.
HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1992, more than 600 communities have committed to produce nearly 785,000 affordable housing units, including almost 300,000 for new homebuyers purchasing their first home. In addition, over 100,000 tenants have received direct rental assistance.
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 as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.