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January 12, 2007
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $14 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO CREATE, IMPROVE COMPUTER CENTERS FOR RESIDENTS
City of Concord Housing Department receives $300,000
GREENSBORO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $13,737,470 in grants to 53 public housing authorities to provide public housing residents greater access to computer technology. The City of Concord Housing Department receives $300,000.
"These grants help the young and the old become computer savvy," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "They
give parents and children greater access to resources found on the Internet - everything from employment information to homework help."
Public Housing Neighborhood Network grants will be given to housing authorities across the U.S. Housing authorities use this funding to establish, expand or update community technology centers. Neighborhood Networks centers provide access to computers, computer training and the Internet. NN centers can also provide a range of services
to help residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. Public housing authorities may also use the funding
to hire staff to manage center activities, purchase equipment, and provide computer, literacy and job training.
HUD 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, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet