|HUD No. 00-239|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Wednesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||September 13, 2000|
FY 2000 Grant Summaries
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CUOMO AWARDS $10.4 MILLION IN COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT GRANTS TO 38 HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
WASHINGTON Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $10.4 million to 38 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), money that will help the schools stimulate local community and economic development.
"The schools receiving todays grants are key players in HUDs efforts to revitalize Americas neighborhoods. We need their involvement because of their location and relationship with their communities," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said that this round of HBCU grants will fund such activities as business development, affordable housing, homeownership opportunities, job training and placement, and computer training in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
HBCU grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis to schools that demonstrate a commitment and ability to produce successful local programs. There were 53 institutions vying for the funding announced today.
For example, Dillard University in New Orleans will receive a $123,000 grant to establish the Dillard-Gentilly Community Development Corp., which will partner with the Finance Authority of New Orleans to enable rental residents to become first-time home buyers. On the other hand, West Virginia State College, located near Charleston, the state capitol, will use its $325,000 HBCU grant to partner with the local YWCA. This alliance will, among other things, provide transitional housing for homeless and battered single women and women with children in order to teach them self-sufficiency and give them the opportunity to obtain a college education. The college will purchase land adjacent to the campus, construct new housing, and provide women in the program with tuition and books for their first semester of classes, household items and transportation.
The HBCU funds come from HUDs Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the agencys linchpin for community development activity and an essential ingredient in community development partnerships. Only the 105 HBCUs designated by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for funding. The HBCU program primarily benefits low- and moderate-income residents of the community in which the school is located.
Cuomo said the grants will be formally presented to school officials during National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, September 17-23, at a conference in Washington sponsored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Cuomo will be honored at the conference for his leadership in expanding the role of HBCUs in their communities.
Grant recipients are:
|Alabama A&M University||$350,000|
|Alabama State University||$220,000|
|Bishop State Community College||$183,858|
|Gadsden State Community College||$380,000|
|J.F. Drake Technical College*||$175,089|
|Lawson State Community College*||$175,089|
|Arkansas Baptist College||$250,000|
|University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||$310,000|
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
|University of the District of Columbia||$375,000|
|Edward Waters College*||$250,000|
|Florida A&M University||$220,000|
|Alcorn State University||$220,000|
|Jackson State University||$200,000|
|Elizabeth City State University||$475,000|
|North Carolina A&T State University||$475,000|
|Meharry Medical College*||$250,000|
|Tennessee State University*||$200,000|
|St. Philips College||$350,000|
|Norfolk State University||$265,000|
|Virginia Union University*||$250,000|
|West Virginia State College||$325,000|