|HUD No. 00-263|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Tuesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||September 26, 2000|
CUOMO AWARDS $125,000 TO PASADENA HOUSING COMPLEX TO FIGHT DRUGS AND CRIME
PASADENA, Calif. – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo awarded $125,000 grants to the Northwest Pasadena Development Corporation to fight drug abuse and other crime in and around the Community Arms Apartments.
"Residents in this complex have the right to live in a decent and safe environment. This grant will fund necessary alternative activities for young residents that will keep them away from drugs and the crimes associated with them," Cuomo said. Cuomo announced the funding during the last day of a three-day swing through 20 California cities.
The Northwest Pasadena Development Corporation will use the grant to implement a comprehensive, prevention-based approach to reduce and eliminate drug use and criminal activity at the Community Arms Apartments located at 151 East Orange Grove Blvd.
A Neighborhood Networks computer center will be established within the Coleman-James Learning Center on the grounds of the 133-unit complex. The center will provide education, social, health, and recreation programs for families. In addition, a prevention program will be established that will include youth and after school programs, including education and career development, computer literacy, tutoring, sports and recreation activities.
Since 1989, HUD has awarded Multifamily Drug Elimination grants to privately owned HUD-subsidized housing developments to fight drug and drug-related crime in the immediate surroundings of the dvelopments.
Cuomo delivered Monday’s keynote address at Creating Partnerships for Renewed Hope, a HUD-sponsored conference in Los Angeles that brought together community and faith-based organizations, public officials and business leaders. Cuomo’s trip concludes today in Los Angeles at Closing the Gap: Investing in America’s Communities, an economic development conference that focuses on effective strategies, tools, and resources for creating partnerships that address the needs of America’s distressed communities.