CUOMO AWARDS $1,413,600 IN GRANTS TO FIGHT DRUGS AND CRIME
IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING IN OREGON
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $1,413,600 in grants to fight drug abuse and other crimes in public housing and HUD-assisted housing in Oregon.
Oregon's grants will be distributed to housing authorities and owners of HUD-subsidized housing for low-income families in the following cities:
- Coos Bay
- North Bend
- Oregon City.....
- Salem .
"These grants are good news for some of the poorest families in Oregon 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
HUD ANTI-DRUG ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITIES IN OREGON
- COOS BAY: $100,000 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to Woodland Apartments Preservation Inc. for Woodland Apartments which plans a comprehensive approach developing crime prevention, family intervention, and youth drug prevention activities. The funding will allow the property owner/management to coordinate local resources into a long-term strategy that is based on cooperation and a simple, usable system of data for all agencies involved. Funding will bring activities and education on-site for residents and their families. Specific activities include: coordination with the Coos Bay Police Department and Community Policing Team, coordination with family intervention programs and family stabilization classes, development of onsite programs including Teen Leaders Program, and Youth Tutoring.
- NEWPORT: $50,000 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Housing Authority of Lincoln County to set up a holistic prevention approach that includes education, parenting skills, school readiness skills, and the quality of the parent-child relationship.
- NORTH BEND: $50,000 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the North Bend City Housing Authority for crime prevention, family intervention, and youth drug prevention activities.
- OREGON CITY: $170,700 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Clackamus County Housing Authority for a public-private partnership to minimize risk factors and strengthen protective factors of drug abuse at the individual family, peer, school and community levels.
- PORTLAND: $730,600 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Housing Authority of Portland to work with six local service providers and the Portland Police Bureau to offer community policing, intervention, Computer Learning Centers and a volunteer program.
- SALEM: $101,100 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Salem for the Family Stabilization Program, which includes youth anti-drug activities, the hiring of a drug prevention coordinator and youth employment programs.
- SPRINGFIELD: $211,200 in Drug Elimination Grants will go to the Housing Authority and Community Services Agency for drug prevention programs, community policing, security improvements, drug abuse counseling and economic development activities.
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