HUD Archives: News Releases

Region VI 06-43
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
September 15, 2006


WASHINGTON, D.C. � Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Education Secretary
Margaret Spellings announced today that Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, would receive a $587,806
grant under HUD's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program to help revitalize neighborhoods near its
campus. HUD's Office of University Partnerships administers the HBCU grants. Thirteen grants, totaling $10.4 million, were awarded nationally today.

"These grants will help ensure that HBCUs continue to educate many of the nation's African American physicians, lawyers and business leaders while also being able to revitalize the communities that surround them," Jackson said. "Throughout the nation, we have seen HBCUs breathe life into struggling college towns and blighted urban neighborhoods."

Langston University will use its grant to focus on economic development projects, job counseling, and
homeownership training and assistance.

HUD's HBCU program funds grantees to carry out projects designed primarily to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, help prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet urgent community development needs in their localities. The grants can be used for activities such as acquiring real estate; demolition; homeownership assistance to
low- and moderate-income persons; special economic development activities; and rehabilitation of residential, commercial or industrial buildings to correct code violations. Since 1991, HUD has awarded more than $59 million to HBCUs to stimulate economic and community development activities.

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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