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HUD No. 98-553
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Or contact your local HUD officeOctober 26, 1998


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $4,021,760 in grants to fight drug abuse and other crimes in public housing and HUD-assisted housing in Missouri.

Missouri's grants will be distributed to housing authorities and owners of HUD-subsidized housing for low-income families in the following cities:

Charleston $84,000
Columbia $210,300
Hannibal $76,800
Independence $159,600
Jefferson City $107,700
Kansas City $631,496
Macon $50,000
Mexico $174,400
Moberly $199,200
Richland $50,000
Richmond $50,000
Springfield $229,782
St. Louis $1,583,140
St. Louis County $415,342

"These grants are good news for some of the poorest families in Missouri and bad news for drug dealers who terrorize them," Cuomo said. "We will fight drug abuse with prevention and treatment programs and with a crackdown on drug dealers and other criminals. We are telling drug dealers in HUD housing to find another line of work or be sent to another type of subsidized housing - a prison cell."

Cuomo said the recent Congressional approval of the Department's $24.5 billion budget for the 1999 fiscal year, which he called "the best HUD budget in 10 years," will speed the transformation of public and assisted housing.

"HUD is transforming public housing from isolated ghettos of poverty, drugs, despair and crime into safe and economically integrated communities of opportunity," Cuomo said.

Nationwide, HUD is awarding $305.2 million in Drug Elimination Grants this year - more than in any previous year. The grants will be distributed in the next several weeks in this way: $280.6 million to 749 public housing authorities; $8 million to 39 Indian Tribes; and $16.6 million to 143 privately owned housing developments that receive HUD assistance.

Another 53 privately owned HUD-subsidized low-income housing developments will receive a total of $11.7 million from a similar program called the New Approach Anti-Drug Program.

Vice President Al Gore, Cuomo and Attorney General Janet Reno announced a four-part enforcement and prevention strategy to fight crime and drugs in public housing in June 1997. The grants announced today are one element of that strategy.

The Drug Elimination Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, based on the seriousness of the drug and crime problem facing a housing authority or assisted housing development, and the strength of local plans to address the problem. About 900 housing authorities, 60 Indian tribes and 500 privately owned housing developments applied for the grants being awarded this year.

HUD has awarded more than $1.6 billion in Drug Elimination Grants since 1989, including the grants being awarded this year.

In public housing, the Drug Elimination Grants are used for: drug prevention, intervention and treatment programs; reimbursing law enforcement agencies for providing additional security; hiring security guards and investigators; resident anti-crime patrols; and physical improvements to housing developments to enhance security - such as fencing, lighting and improved locks.

In assisted housing, the Drug Elimination Grants are used for: drug prevention and education programs; referrals to drug treatment and counseling; and physical improvements to developments to enhance security. Individual grants for assisted housing developments are limited to a maximum of $125,000.

The New Approach Anti-Drug Program (formerly known as the Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program) provides funds for improving security at HUD-assisted developments and in surrounding neighborhoods by: hiring security guards, paying for extra police patrols, assisting in the investigation and prosecution of drug-related criminal activity, and implementing security-related physical improvements.

HUD's budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 increases funding for HUD's key programs and renewals of Section 8 rental assistance by a total of more than $2 billion in the budget over 1998 levels. Spending was increased on most HUD programs and wasn't cut in any programs.

Legislation passed in the same bill as HUD's budget will:

  • Transform public housing by reducing segregation by race and income, encouraging and rewarding work, bringing more working families into public housing, and increasing the availability of subsidized housing for very poor families. In addition, the bill improves living conditions in public housing, gives the poorest families neighbors who will be role models of working families, and reduces crime. The bill also allows HUD to continue to tear down the largest failed public housing projects and replace them with new townhouse-style developments.

  • Expand the supply of affordable housing by enabling 90,000 more families to get Section 8 rental assistance vouchers that will subsidize their rents in privately owned apartments - the first increase in vouchers in four years.

  • Increase homeownership by raising the limit on home mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration from the current range of $86,317 in low-cost housing areas to $170,362 in high-cost areas. The bill increases the loan limits to a range of $109,032 in low-cost areas to $197,621 in high-cost areas. The higher ceiling on FHA-insured home mortgages opens the door of homeownership to thousands of families needing FHA insurance to get mortgages, but locked out now because the current loan limits have not kept pace with rising home prices.



  • $84,000 in Drug Elimination Grants will be used for Project Safe Community, the drug elimination program of the Charleston Housing Authority. This comprehensive security and prevention-based approach will help reduce/eliminate drug-related crime. Two contracted city community police patrols will be used to combat the problem of open and concealed drug trafficking in public housing. Also, a summer youth and children program will provide alternative activities in a safe, structured environment that will prevent youth and children from having too much idle time and being involved with illegal drugs and crime.


  • $210,300 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia for a comprehensive security and preventive-based approach to reduce/eliminate drug-related crime. Drug prevention programming will be provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Area. Local summer camp scholarships will be provided to 75% of CHA's youth each year for two years. Columbia College will partner with CHA to provide a computer lab instructor to compliment CHA's Family Self-Sufficiency program. High-rise Safety Monitors will promote a safe and drug-free environment for elderly and disabled residents.


  • $76,800 in Drug Elimination Grant funds will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Hannibal to administer a comprehensive drug program. The program involves security, law enforcement, and investigation; drug prevention and education; youth services; economic/educational opportunities and management practices and support services. The program also will include youth sports, arts/cultural and prevention components to combat the problems of drugs and drug related criminal activity occurring in public housing developments.


  • Drug Elimination Grants of $159,600 will be used by the Housing Authority of the City of Independence, Missouri to continue and expand a comprehensive program designed to eliminate drug-related problems and the illegal use of drugs in public housing developments. Project Opportunity utilizes the "Campus of Learners" computer lab, collaborative programming and community policing to maximize security, crime and drug prevention, and educational and job training opportunities for residents.

    Jefferson City

  • $107,700 in Drug Elimination Grant funds will allow the Housing Authority to fund programs designated for youth activities, and help reduce drug use and drug-related crime.

    Kansas City

  • $379,860 in Drug Elimination Grants will help the Housing Authority of Kansas City's (HAKC) goal of continuing security and prevention programs to reduce drug-related crimes in public housing developments. The HAKC's PHDEP activities have supported the City's comprehensive, coordinated strategy that has targeted drug-related crime in and around public and assisted housing through COMBAT's Paseo Corridor Drug and Crime Free Partnership and HUD/DOJ's Priority Cities Anti-Violent Crime Initiative.

  • Drug Elimination Grants of $124,676 will support Royal Towers' overall plan for physical improvements to enhance security at Limited Royal Towers Apartments, 933 McGee, including surveillance cameras, emergency phone service, and security set-up desk and restricted entrances. Remaining funds will provide programs for residents that will emphasize drug prevention through the use of neighborhood networks, drug awareness workshops, and on-site drug treatment services.

  • $126,960 in Drug Elimination Grant funds from the New Approach program will be used to reduce/eliminate drug activity and drug-related crime in the amour Boulevard Neighborhood including Bainbridge Apartments. This will be accomplished through improvements such as exterior lighting, contracted security personnel, police programs and community policing efforts in the neighborhoods.


  • $50,000 in Drug Elimination Grants The Housing Authority of the City of Macon will focus on drug prevention programs as well as a comprehensive security program. The Housing Authority will contract with the Macon Police Department for one police officer and will hire two resident security officers. In addition, the programs offered for the youth and other residents at the Youth Empowerment Enterprises Center will continue with new programs and activities added.


  • Drug Elimination Grant funds of $109,000 will be used by the Mexico Housing Authority to provide crisis intervention counseling, adult education, computer training to youth and adults, a summer youth program, and supplemental police services in an effort to provide alternative options for correcting behavioral issues related to substance abuse. Supplemental police services remain a significant part of the proposed programs.

  • $65,400 in Drug Elimination Grants will allow the Mexico Housing Authority to provide a variety of programs, including crisis intervention counseling to families, adult basic education and computer literacy training to youth and adults, a summer youth program for grade-school children and supplemental police services. The educational programs, supplemented by counseling services and supported by summer alternative physical activities for the children, reduce the number of incidents requiring police intervention and provide access to services for correcting behavioral issues related to substance abuse. Supplemental police services are scaled back in this grant year.


  • Drug Elimination Grant funds of $124,500 will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Moberly for an integrated combination of components to combat illegal drug abuse and drug related activities. The activities will include community policing, drug counseling, and programming. The program will provide positive alternatives to illegal drug use through education, sports, and building self-esteem.

  • $74,700 in Drug Elimination Grants will allow the Housing Authority of the City of Moberly to use an integrated combination of components to combat illegal drug abuse and drug-related activities through the use of community policing, drug counseling, and programming to provide positive alternatives to illegal drug use through education, sports, and self-esteem building.


  • $50,000 in Drug Elimination Grant funds will enable the Housing Authority (HA) of the City of Richland to contract with the Richland Police Department (RPD) to provide "above baseline" services to the three HA sites. The presence of RPD officers on foot patrol will not only help eliminate drug-related activity, but will provide an opportunity to establish a positive rapport with RHA residents. In addition, funds also will help to purchase a van to transport residents to and from training facilities contracting with the RHA.


  • A Drug Elimination Grant of $50,000 will allow the Housing Authority to form partnerships with service organizations. Funds will be used to improve learning lab network computers with appropriate software to empower our residents to become self-sufficient, and move from welfare to work by providing programs which will assist them in improving marketable skills and improve their level of education. In addition, the HA has a commitment with the Richmond Police department for an additional two years, a contract which has increased patrol services and offered various types of resident training to make public housing a safer place to live.


  • $229,782 in Drug Elimination Grants will help the Housing Authority of Springfield to coordinate with the goals of Springfield's Consolidated Plan, Missouri's Welfare Reform initiatives and the Housing Authority's "One Strike and You're Out" policy to eliminate drug abuse and related crime. "SAFE AT HOME" will increase security, sustain Neighborhood Watch efforts and provide employment skills training. Law enforcement services above current baseline services will complement and enhance prevention efforts.

    St. Louis City

  • A Drug Elimination Grant of $1,583,140 will enable the St. Louis Housing Authority to develop a comprehensive resident family profile in order to refer each family member to appropriate programs and services. In addition to resident database development, SLHA'S PHDEP contains four program components: Welfare-to-Work/Self-Sufficiency programs, Youth Programs, services to address substance abuse and security issues, and Lease Enforcement and Security, focusing on lease enforcement, security and the legal system.

    St. Louis County

  • $291,300 in Drug Elimination Grants will help the Housing Authority of St. Louis County partner with the local police department and contract security to reduce/eliminate drug-related crime. It will continue to partner with REJIS in the HIT Notification Program regarding the "One Strike and Your Out" Program. It will provide on-the-job training in basic computer operations and job placement assistance to help residents transition from welfare to self-sufficiency.

  • $124,042 in Drug Elimination Grant funds will be used by Northland Associates for Colony North Apartments for physical improvements ($114,042) and for Drug Prevention ($10,000). The physical improvements will include: additional fencing and gates and an on-site guard house that will serve as a police substation. Drug prevention funds will be used to form a Youth Corps program, to help the youth of the community find productive outlets for their energy and to keep them away from drugs.

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