HUD No. 04-004|
July 16, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $700,000 TO BOOST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB GROWTH IN UTAH
Funds will help three local organizations produce affordable housing
SALT LAKE CITY - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced $700,000 in grants to help three rural Utah communities to stimulate their economies, produce more affordable housing and boost job growth. The funding is provided through HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development Program.
The award recipients in Utah are:
|Community Development Corporation of Utah|
|Northwestern Band of Shoshone|
|Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation|
In addition, these grants are expected to generate $5.3 million from other public and private sources to further promote economic development and employment.
"This investment in rural America demonstrates that this Administration's commitment to our nation's heartland is strong," said Jackson. "These grants will help rural communities across the country produce affordable housing and jobs where they're needed most."
Rural Housing and Economic Development grants help pay for land acquisition, new home construction, housing demolition, infrastructure improvements and construction training. Other possible uses include homeownership and financial counseling; financial assistance to homeowners, businesses and developers; creating microenterprises and small business incubators; and, establishing lines of credit or revolving loan pools to benefit the local business community.
Rural non-profit organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, community development corporations and state agencies will administer these grants. The funding will help 105 rural communities to build and improve affordable housing, create jobs and generate community and economic development.
Rural communities will use this funding as seed money to pay the start-up costs for housing or economic development projects. These grants will also help organizations to hire and train their staffs, develop strategic plans and acquire office space and other needed facilities.
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.
EDITORS NOTE: For a more complete summary of the local projects, visit www.hud.gov/news/rural.pdf.