HUD No. KY-003
(502) 582-6163 ext. 203
March 18, 2004
HUD KIOSK IS A HOUSING INFORMATION RESOURCE 24 HOURS A DAY AT LOCAL WAL-MART
LEXINGTON - The Wal-Mart at Northpark Center in Lexington is the
new home of a high-tech computerized
information kiosk built and maintained by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Conveniently situated next to the public library kiosk, which provides local public service information, the HUD kiosk provides extensive complementary information regarding housing options for low-income citizens.
The HUD kiosk provides several resources for prospective homebuyers and others in need of various types of housing assistance. Users can print current lists of HUD Homes for Sale, learn about downpayment assistance programs, read about FHA mortgage insurance programs, or find a local HUD-approved housing counseling agency. In addition to homebuying information, users can locate homeless assistance programs, seek rental housing resources or learn how to file a housing discrimination complaint under the federal Fair Housing Act.
The Northpark Center Wal-Mart, which serves over 54,000 customers
monthly, has a client base that is
predominantly Hispanic and African-American. Because of the diverse clientele, the kiosk information on programs
and services is available to customers in both English and Spanish. Wal-Mart manager Tony Bryant stated, "We are pleased to add the HUD kiosk to our store. Wal-Marts are seen as a one-stop shop for individuals' and families'
needs. Now our customers can also shop for housing resources while at Wal-Mart."
At a recent gathering to celebrate the placement of the kiosk,
HUD Louisville Field Office Director Ben Cook complimented Wal-Mart
for its, "forward thinking by addressing the social needs of customers."
"This is the first
kiosk in HUD's Southeast region to be placed in a Wal-Mart, and we are proud of that. We look forward to a strong partnership that supports our mutual clientele," said Cook.
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 Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
Editor's note: The Wal-Mart is open 24 hours daily and is located at 500 W. New Circle Road in Lexington.