|HUD No. 00-326|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Tuesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||November 28, 2000|
HUD-Assisted Housing New Approach Anti-Drug Award Summaries
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CUOMO AWARDS $27 MILLION IN GRANTS TO FIGHT DRUGS AND CRIME IN HUD-ASSISTED HOUSING AROUND NATION
WASHINGTON As part of the federal effort to stamp out illegal drug use and drug-related crime in public housing, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $27 million in grants to owners and operators of government and nonprofit-subsidized low-income multifamily housing.
The funds will be used to solve security problems, help investigate and prosecute drug-related criminal activity in and around the developments, and provide for capital improvements that will enhance security at the developments.
"These grants will help protect some of our poorest and most vulnerable families from being terrorized by drug dealers and gangs, and will save lives," Cuomo said. "We are telling drug dealers in and around HUD housing to find another line of work or they will be sent to prison. We want young people to avoid drug abuse and grow up safe and healthy."
The New Approach Anti-Drug Program, formerly the Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, provides funds that will significantly contribute to the betterment of both the housing development as well as its surrounding neighborhoods. Activities funded under the NAAD grant include:
- Reimbursing law enforcement agencies for
assigning extra police officers to patrol housing developments;
- Hiring private security guards and investigators
to assist police in keeping developments safe; and,
- Enhancing security at housing developments by funding such improvements as fencing, lighting and improved locks.
Since 1997, HUD has awarded more than $57 million competitively in New Approach Anti-Drug grant funding to hundreds of multifamily development owners throughout the country.
Among the factors considered in the process are: the seriousness of the drug and crime problem facing the development; the strength of the local plans to address such problems; and the level of partnership that has been formed with local police, the district attorney or the prosecutors office.
The following list is a breakdown by state of the total dollar amounts awarded today:
Individual grant project summaries are attached to the press release posted on the HUD website.