|HUD No. 00-347|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Wednesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||December 13, 2000|
Community-Based Technical Assistance
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CUOMO ANNOUNCES $22 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP COMMUNITIES MEET THE NEEDS OF THE POOR AND HOMELESS
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo awarded nearly $22 million in technical assistance grants to help communities and grassroots organizations in all 50 states to more effectively provide affordable housing opportunities, better manage programs to assist the homeless and provide training for programs that provide housing opportunities for persons with HIV/AIDs.
The grants will provide $9 million to help communities provide affordable housing opportunities through HUD's HOME program; $7.4 million to assist Community Housing Development Organizations develop affordable housing in distressed areas; $3.8 million to improve the effectiveness of homeless assistance programs funded by HUD's award-winning Continuum of Care initiative; and $1.7 million to strengthen the management of programs funded under the agency's Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS program."This is an investment in making government work better," Cuomo said. "By helping communities and grassroots organizations operate more efficiently, we are being good stewards of taxpayers' dollars while helping improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors."Cuomo made the announcement to a group of about 60 community and interfaith leaders meeting in Washington. At that meeting, Cuomo also released Resources for Empowerment and Opportunity, a comprehensive guide designed to help community and faith-based organizations build partnerships needed to stimulate economic development in distressed areas."If we're going to lift people out of poverty, we need to give community and faith-based organizations a seat at the table," Cuomo said. "This guide is a road map to help community leaders find the resources they need to revitalize their neighborhoods."Three years ago Cuomo created the Center for Community and Interfaith Partnerships to strengthen ties between HUD and non-profit groups, community development corporations and faith-based organizations. Since then, the Center has helped leverage public funding in many of the country's poorest areas with non-profit and private-sector investment.Among the 56 organizations around the country receiving 85 technical assistance grants are: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York; Development Training Institute, Baltimore; National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc., Washington, DC; Congress of National Black Churches, Washington, DC; Asian Americans for Equality, New York; Rural Community Assistance Corporation, West Sacramento, CA; Coalition for Low Income Community Development, Baltimore; Maryland Center for Community Development, Baltimore; Supportive Housing Network of New York, and; Community Builders, Inc., Philadelphia.