May 14, 2003
BUSH ADMINISTRATION DELIVERS $3.2 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING FUNDS FOR LITTLE ROCK
HUD grants invest in people and places in need
FORT WORTH - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced Little Rock will receive $3,268,865 in federal assistance to stimulate local economies, produce affordable housing and help the homeless.
"The funding we announce today is an investment to promote economic
development and job growth, increase the supply of affordable housing
and help our most vulnerable neighbors," said Martinez. "These resources
of the President's continuing commitment to provide communities with the resources they need to meet the
particular needs of their residents."
The funding announced today includes:
- $2,085,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
- $1,105,865 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding; and
- $78,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds.
HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program enables
state and local governments to target their
own economic development priorities. 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 for lower income families and neighborhoods.
HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest
federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively
to create affordable housing for low-income households. Since 1992,
nearly 700,000 affordable housing units have been acquired, constructed
or rehabilitated and nearly 70,000 tenants have received direct
rental assistance. In addition, more than 200,000 new homebuyers have received assistance to purchase their first homes through the HOME program.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) help communities meet the basic shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. Part of HUD's award-winning Continuum of Care initiative, these grants also provide transitional housing and a variety of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.
HUD's block grant programs are distributed by formula around the country based on criteria including population, income levels, poverty rates and age of housing stock.
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: Communities that choose to receive their block grants at other times of the year are not included in today's announcement.