HUD No. 03-105
November 18, 2003
HUD AWARDS $6.87 MILLION TO 20 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING FIVE INDIANA UNIVERSITIES, TO REVITALIZE NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced $6.87 million in grants to
20 colleges and universities to help harness their physical and economic resources -- and the knowledge, creativity and energy of faculty and students -- to create stronger, healthier neighborhoods near their campuses.
The recipients of
the Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) grants are in: Arizona, California,
Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North
Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Texas, and Washington.
"The recipients of these grants are key members of their communities, and this support will further enable them to support innovative community partnerships that strengthen the economic and social infrastructure of nearby distressed neighborhoods," Martinez said.
The program is designed to help 2- and 4-year colleges and universities develop and sustain effective community partnerships. Administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships in the Office of Policy Development and Research, COPC is a peer-reviewed, competitive program that provides 3-year grants of up to $400,000 to help universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical institutes play an active and visible role in community revitalization.
The funding helps colleges and universities to provide technical assistance,
training and applied research to community-based groups and local governments.
The funded activities are selected and designed jointly by the schools and neighborhood
groups. Through these projects, students learn about local neighborhoods and
neighborhood residents gain access to the knowledge and resources of the higher education institutions.
For the grants awarded today, $3.98 million in New Grants will go to nine
institutions just starting their activities.
Six previous COPC winners will receive some $900,000 in New Directions Grants to undertake new activities or work
in new neighborhoods. The remaining $1.98 million in funding will go to five institutions as Futures Demonstration Grants.
A total of 175 applications for COPC funding
were received this year. President Bush has proposed $8 million in
funding for the grants in his fiscal year 2004 budget.
The grants will go to:
University of Arizona - Tucson
California State University - Long Beach
University of California - Riverside
Florida State University - Tallassee
Butler University - Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis
Notre Dame University - Notre Dame
Valparaiso University - Valparaiso
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester
State University of New York College at Cortland - Albany
Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem
Wright State University - Dayton
Portland Community College - Portland
Point Park College - Pittsburgh
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
Anderson College - Anderson
University of Texas - El Paso
University of Washington - Seattle
Schools were selected for the grants based on: extent of community need; quality of activities described; level of neighborhood and local government participation; the funds each school expected to contribute or raise from other sources; and commitment to the program.
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.