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CUOMO AWARDS $7 MILLION TO 18 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO REVITALIZE LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR THEIR CAMPUSES
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $7 million in grants to help 18 colleges and universities revitalize distressed, low-income neighborhoods near their campuses and bring new opportunity to people living there. The grant recipients are in: Alaska; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Illinois; Iowa; Kentucky; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; North Carolina; Ohio; and Tennessee.
"Colleges and universities can be the gateway to the American Dream for their neighbors as well as their students," Cuomo said. "HUD is working in partnership with colleges and universities to transform impoverished neighborhoods by creating jobs, helping new businesses get started and expanding homeownership."
Cuomo announced the new grants as a national conference on college and university community revitalization efforts gets underway later today in East St. Louis, IL. While in East St. Louis, the conference participants will conduct a series of day-long "urban problem-solving" meetings with area residents and elected officials.
The new grants being announced today will go to:
"This initiative will benefit cities, their residents and colleges by reversing decades of neighborhood decline," Cuomo said. "Healthier communities will help universities remain healthy and attractive to students. Faculty and students will gain invaluable experience by using their talents not just to study urban problems, but to solve them."
HUD's Community Outreach Partnership Centers initiative helps colleges and universities to: provide technical assistance to community-based organizations; develop community revitalization training seminars; create public-private partnerships; assist with the resolution of tenant-landlord conflicts; implement community policing; and assist in the development of mixed-income housing. In the process, students and faculty learn from the neighborhoods, and neighborhood residents gain access to the knowledge of the higher education institutions.
Schools were selected based on: the amount of money each expected to contribute or raise from other sources; extent of need; quality of activities described; level of neighborhood and local government participation; and commitment to the program. More than 100 institutions applied for this year's grants.
More information about the Community Outreach Partnership Centers initiative is available at the office's WEB site: www.oup.org or by calling 1-800-245-2691.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009