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Michael Zerega (202) 708-0277 ext 118Tuesday
September 24, 1996


The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now accepting applications for its Community Renaissance Fellows program. This program will enable 20 mid-career professionals to learn the skills to become community development specialists.

"We're looking for bright and creative men and women who want to be part of a challenging new career field," said HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros. "We want people who can be agents of change to make urban neighborhoods vibrant again."

Renaissance Fellows will work in distressed public housing developments across the country that are leveraging public and private funds to develop mixed-income communities. They will be trained to become community development experts through on-the- job work with Public Housing Authorities or with the authorities' private sector development partners. Fellows can then take the skills they have learned and go on to work in other neighborhood transformation efforts.

To complement the on-site experience, Fellows will attend one-week seminars three times a year. These seminars have been designed by Yale University, which will also host the seminars. The courses will be taught by top faculty and renowned experts. Fellowships will last for two years.

Applicants must already have multi-disciplinary and analytic expertise in neighborhood revitalization activities. They must be able to demonstrate that they are already working in their communities.

Applications may be obtained by calling HUD USER at 1-800-245-2691. Applications are due on November 1, 1996.

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