Bonnie Byrom Dixon
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January 13, 2005
HUD HONORS 20 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH "DOORKNOCKER AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING WORK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Macon, Georgia recognized for their innovative use of HOME funding
ATLANTA - The Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is recognizing 20 state and local governments around the country with the first national HOME Doorknocker Award for their outstanding work in providing affordable housing to low-income and underserved people. The City of Macon, Georgia is among those
being honored for their outstanding affordable housing programs. From demonstrating how good design as an integral part of an affordable housing strategy leads to successful project completion, the City of Macon through its agent, Infill Housing, Inc., created a homeownership program for low-income residents by developing infill housing in one of
its blighted neighborhoods. The development of Prince and Nussbaum Streets exercised good design elements, both
in physical structure as well as community partnerships.
HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced the awards to fifteen local communities and five state governments for their remarkable work in using federal funding provided through HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The announcement of the Doorknocker Awards also marks the 15th anniversary of the HOME Program, the largest federal block grant program dedicated to producing affordable housing at the local level.
"Whether it's providing homeownership opportunities to lower income families looking to share in the American Dream or designing cutting edge affordable housing, these communities are proof that, working together, we can make a
real difference," said Jackson. "These communities are leading the way toward building better communities and opening more doors to people who are most in need."
HUD presented the awards to the five state winners at HUD's HOME 15th Anniversary State Celebration today in Washington, sponsored by HUD, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) and the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA). Awards for the 15 local communities will be presented at HUD's HOME 15th Anniversary Local Government Celebration on January 18th with the National Community Development Association (NCDA), the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED), and the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA).
Each year, HUD allocates approximately $2 billion to more than 600 state and local participating jurisdictions to increase the stock of affordable housing. Since program inception, over 550,000 affordable units have been
completed and nearly 114,000 tenants have received rental assistance through the Department's HOME program.
Each award-winning project demonstrates how the flexibility, provided by the HOME program can be used by state and local governments to meet the unique challenges of housing low-income families and expanding homeownership opportunities. These projects can serve as models for other jurisdictions throughout the country.
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 as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
National HOME Doorknocker Award Winners
|California||Oceanside||Old Grove Apartments|
|San Diego County||Emancipated Foster Youth|
|Georgia||Macon||Prince & Nussbaum Development Phase I|
|Kentucky||Owensboro||Baptist Town Redevelopment Project|
|Maryland||Montgomery County||Seneca Heights Apartments|
|Commonwealth of Massachusetts||10 & 12 Summer Street|
|New Jersey||Bergen County||Bergen County Homeownership Center|
|New Mexico||Albuquerque||Trumbull Village Affordable Housing Design Competition Project|
|State of Oregon||Casa Lomas Apartments|
|Pennsylvania||Luzerne County||Pine Street Neighborhood|
|Rhode Island||State of Rhode Island||Church Community Housing Corporation Ground Lease Program|
|State of Rhode Island||Woodridge Estates Land Trust|
|Tennessee||State of Tennessee||"Row 8.9n"|
|Utah||Salt Lake County||Life Start Village Apartments|
|Vermont||State of Vermont||Rural Housing Program|
|Washington||Spokane County||Riverwalk Point I|
|Tacoma Consortium||Homeownership Center of Tacoma|