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HUD No. 00-232
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FY 2000 Grantees by State
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WASHINGTON – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $7.5 million in grants to 24 colleges and universities nationwide to help harness their physical and economic resources -- and the knowledge, creativity, and energy of their faculty and students -- to create stronger, healthier neighborhoods near their campuses.

The recipients of the Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) grants are in: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

"These institutions are already key members of their communities, and these grants will further help them to support innovative partnerships between university and community that help strengthen the economic and social infrastructure of distressed neighborhoods," Cuomo said.

The Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program is administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for joining colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems.

HUD’s annual COPC grants, awarded on a competitive basis, help colleges and universities provide technical assistance, training, and applied research to community-based groups and local governments. The activities are chosen and designed jointly by the schools and neighborhood groups. Through these projects, the students learn about their communities and neighborhood residents gain access to the knowledge and resources of the higher education institutions.

For the grants awarded today, $6.4 million known as New Grants will be made to 16 institutions (out of 87 applicants) just starting their activities. Eight previous COPC winners (from 28 applications) will be awarded about $1.2 in New Directions Grants to undertake new activities or work in new neighborhoods.

A total of 115 colleges and universities competed for COPC funding this year, totaling $36 million in requested programs. Because of the interest in the successful program, President Clinton has proposed doubling funding for the grants in his Fiscal Year 2001 budget to $15 million. Despite the high demand for the program, the HUD 2001 fiscal year budget approved by the House this year includes just $8 million in funding for COPC grants next year. The budget bill is now before the Senate.

Cuomo noted that the selection of three community colleges in this year’s group shows the value HUD places on these institutions as local revitalization partners.

The grants announced today will go to:

Alabama Auburn University, Auburn $382,267
California California State University, Hayward $400,000
University of Southern California, Los Angeles $400,000
Colorado University of Denver $355,602
Connecticut Trinity College, Hartford $149,984
Florida Barry University, Miami Shores $399,982
Indiana Ball State University, Muncie $398,529
Indiana University/Northwest, Gary $399,973
Illinois DePaul University, Chicago $150,000
Iowa University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls $382,063
Michigan Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo $399,996
New York Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn $399,663
Ohio Youngstown State University $399,952
Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia $150,000
  University of Pittsburgh $399,702
  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh $150,000
Rhode Island University of Rhode Island, Kingston $150,000
Tennessee University of Memphis $149,940
Texas Texas A&M University, College Station $150,000
Virginia Danville Community College $391,903
  Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth $395,227
Washington Seattle Central Community College $372,775
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha $150,000
  Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee $398,037

Schools were selected for the grants based on: extent of community need; quality of activities described; level of neighborhood and local government participation; the funds each school expected to contribute or raise from other sources; and commitment to the program. Community colleges, four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply.


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