HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 04-66
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974/5965
For Release
December 13, 2004


ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Twenty-five New Mexico young people who never finished high school will get a second
chance to receive their diplomas because of a $500,000 grant announced today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. The grant is part of $54 million HUD is awarding through its Youthbuild Program to
offer job training and leadership skills to young people while putting them back on a path toward graduation.

The grant to Youth Building Better Lives, Inc. will help train young people for a future in the construction trades
while producing more homes for lower income families, many facing homelessness.

"This funding will offer hope and opportunity to young men and women across the country," said Jackson.
"Youthbuild enables them to return to the classroom, acquire construction skills and put their minds and hands to
work producing more affordable housing in their own communities."

Young people who enroll in local Youthbuild programs lack high school diplomas and the job skills necessary to find meaningful employment. The funding announced today will help young men and women, ages 16-to-24, to receive their high school equivalency diplomas and provide them training in homebuilding skills that will qualify them for
careers in the building industry.

Program participants will receive on-the-job training in the building trades and help build and renovate homes that
are then sold at affordable prices to low- and very low-income persons as well as homeless individuals and families.
In addition, these grants are anticipated to generate millions of additional dollars from other public and private sources.

Youth Building Better Lives, Inc. will use its $500,000 Youthbuild to train 25 youth and construct three homes. Major partners include: TVI Community College; TVI Workforce Training Center; City of Albuquerque; City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs; Family and Child Guidance Center; Association of General Contractors; Northern NM Independent Electrical Contractors; Bernalillo County; and the NM State Department of Health.

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


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