HUD No. 12-04
February 1, 2012
HUD AWARDS $4 MILLION TO THE NEW BRITAIN HOUSING AUTHORITY TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER
BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $4 million grant to the New Britain Housing Authority today that will be used to build a new 18,000 square-feet community center. Partnering with the housing authority is the Human Resource Agency of New Britain, Victory Energy Solutions and the Capital Workforce Partners.
"This funding fills the gap for public housing agencies that want to provide educational and employment services but lacked the resources," said HUD New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. "This is an investment to make certain we connect affordable housing with quality education and employment resources."
The new Mount Pleasant Community Education and Training Center will provide adult education, job training and placement for residents at Mount Pleasant and Oval Grove public housing developments.
HUD's Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) Program provides funding to public housing authorities for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of facilities that will offer early childhood education, adult education and/or job training programs. It is designed primarily for public housing residents, but can be utilized by residents in the surrounding community. The purpose of the facilities is to offer comprehensive, integrated education and employment services to help public housing residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.
HUD requires successful applicants to illustrate their ability to get firm financial commitments to leverage the HUD grant by at least 5 percent. These applicants were also required to identify at least one education and/or training supportive service provider, such as a community college, that would partner with the housing authority to provide the education and employment services at the facility. All of the grantees surpassed this requirement by forming partnerships with many local organizations in the community.
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