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HUD - 0901
Gloria Shanahan
(305) 520-5030
For Release
September 4, 2008

$300,000 to benefit rural areas of Florida

MIAMI - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston today awarded $16.9 million to 60 rural housing programs across the country to stimulate economic development, create jobs and produce more affordable housing. Included in the funding announced today, HUD awarded one grant totaling $300,000 in rural Florida.

The funding is provided through HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development Program (see attached). In Florida, HUD awarded a grant to Empowerment Alliance of SW Florida CDC.

"HUD is deeply invested in promoting affordable housing and community development throughout rural America," said Preston. "These grants will stimulate the kind of employment, economic growth, and housing development that will have a direct impact on working families in our rural communities."

This innovative award will assist Empowerment Alliance of SW Florida in developing a 62-unit subdivision in
Immokalee, Florida, called Esperanza Place. The first phase of the project will consist of 20 homes and assistance in securing mortgages for 20 new homebuyers. The partners for this project are Florida Non-Profit Services, Inc. The proposed leveraging for this project is $4,255,442.

Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) grants help pay for land acquisition, new home construction,
housing demolition, infrastructure improvements and construction training. Other possible uses include
homeownership and financial counseling; financial assistance to homeowners, businesses and developers; creating microenterprises and small business incubators; and establishing lines of credit or revolving loan pools to benefit the local business community. In addition to the funding announced today, rural communities are expected to generate nearly $59 million from other public and private sources to promote economic development and employment.

Qualified applicants are local rural nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, federally
recognized Indian tribes, State housing finance agencies and/or local economic development agencies. RHED grants have provided nearly $223 million, creating/training more than 35,000 jobs, assisting nearly 5,500 businesses and producing 14,000 affordable homes.

Rural communities will use this funding as seed money to pay the start-up costs for housing or economic
development projects. These grants will also help organizations to hire and train their staffs, develop strategic
plans and acquire office space and other needed facilities.


The following communities will receive grants under HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development Program this

FY 2008 Rural Housing and Economic Development Awards

State Recipient City
Alaska Organized Village of Kasaan Ketchikan
Tribal Government of St. Paul Island St. Paul Island
Alaska Total
Alabama Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Birmingham
Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc Greensboro
Alabama Total
Arkansas Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. Fort Smith
Arkansas Total
Arizona Comite de Bien Estar, Inc. San Luis
Hopi Tribe Kykotamovi
International Sonoran Desert Alliance Ajo
Moenkopi Developers Corporation, Inc. Tuba City
Nogales Community Development Corporation (NCD) Nogales
White Mountain Apache Housing Authority Whiteriver
Arizona Total
California Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria Loleta
Big Pine Paiute Tribe Big Pine
Bishop Paiute Tribe Bishop
Karuk Tribe of California Happy Camp
The Relational Culture Institute Fresno
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Bishop
Tule River Tribal Council Porterville
California Total
Florida Empowerment Alliance of SW Florida, CDC Immokalee
Florida Total
Kentucky Frontier Housing, Inc. Morehead
Low Income Housing Coalition of East Kentucky, Inc. Prestonsburg
McCreary County Community Housing Development Corp. Whitley City
People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. Vanceburg
Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation Somerset
Young Adult Development in Action, Inc. Louisville
Kentucky Total
Louisiana Louisiana Technical College Tallulah Foundation Tallulah
Seventh District Pavilion, INC. Crowley
START Corporation Houma
Louisiana Total
Maine Four Directions Development Corporation Orona
Maine Total
Minnesota Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Minneapolis
Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation Detroit Lakes
Northcountry Cooperative Foundation Minneapolis
Minnesota Total
North Carolina Community Developers of Beaufort-Hyde, Inc. Belhaven
Hollister R.E.A.C.H., Inc. Hollister
North Carolina Total
Nebraska Dawson County Area Economic Development Council Cozard
Nebraska Total
New Mexico Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. Albuquerque
Community Area Resource Enterprise Gallup
Habitat for Humanity of Taos, Inc. Taos
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Albuquerque
Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority Ohkay Owingeh
Picuris Pueblo Penasco
Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation Anthony
New Mexico Total
Oklahoma Little Dixie Community Action Agency, INC Hugo
Oklahoma Total
Oregon Community And Shelter Assistance Corp. Newberg
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Siletz
Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority Pendleton
Oregon Total
Puerto Rico Ceiba Housing and Economic Development Corporation Ceiba
Puerto Rico Total
Rhode Island Woonsocket Neighborhood Develop. Corp. d/b/a NWBRV Woonsocket
Rhode Island Total
South Dakota Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing, Inc. Pine Ridge
The Lakota Funds Kyle
Thunder Valley CDC Porcupine
South Dakota Total
Tennessee Volunteer Housing Development Corporation Morristown
Tennessee Total
Texas Community Development Corporation of Brownsville Brownsville
La Fe Community Development Corporation El Paso
Texas Total
Utah Aneth Community Development Corporation Montezuma Creek
Community Development Corporation of Utah Salt Lake City
Utah Total
Washington Makah Indian Tribe Neah Bay
Southern Puget Sound Inter-Tribal Housing Authority Elma
Washington Total
Wisconsin NiiJii Small Business Loan Fund, Inc. Keshena
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Webster
Wisconsin Total
Grand Total


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