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October 9, 2003
HUD DELIVERS NEARLY $5 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING FUNDS FOR TRENTON
HUD grants invest in people and places in need
NEWARK - The City of Trenton will receive $4,920,365 in federal assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to stimulate local economies, produce affordable housing, and help the homeless. In making today's announcement, HUD's Regional Director Marisel Morales said the funding signals HUD's commitment to helping local communities design their own plan to help lower income families.
"The funding we announce today is an investment in Trenton's
future - promoting economic development and job growth, increasing
the supply of affordable housing and helping our most vulnerable
neighbors," said Morales. "These resources are evidence
of HUD's continuing commitment to provide communities with the resources
they need to
meet the particular needs of their residents."
The funding announced today includes:
- $3,761,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
- $1,025,365 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding; and,
- $134,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program enables
state and local governments to target their
own economic development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the largest
single use of the grants although CDBG is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities for lower income families and neighborhoods.
HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest
federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively
to create affordable housing for low-income households. Since 1992,
nearly 700,000 affordable housing units have been acquired, constructed
or rehabilitated and nearly 70,000 tenants have received direct
rental assistance. In addition, more than 200,000 new homebuyers have received assistance to purchase their first homes through the HOME program.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) help communities meet the
basic shelter needs of homeless individuals and
families. Part of HUD's award-winning Continuum of Care initiative, these grants also provide transitional housing
and a variety of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.
HUD's block grant programs are distributed by formula around the country based on criteria including population, income levels, poverty rates and age of housing stock.
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.