|HUD No. 00-37|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Thursday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||February 24, 2000|
CUOMO AWARDS $21.6 MILLION TO HELP GROUPS MORE EFFECTIVELY USE HUD ASSISTANCE FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $21.6 million to 79 groups around the country to help them more effectively use HUD assistance for housing and community development activities.
"These grants will help revitalize communities throughout the nation by stimulating business growth, job creation, and an expansion of the supply of affordable housing," Cuomo said.
The 79 organizations receiving the HUD grants include non-profit groups, local and state governments, and other groups in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Training and advice funded by the new grants - known as Community Development Technical Assistance - will be used to improve the performance of four HUD programs under the Office of Community Planning and Development.
This year HUD sought to expand its technical assistance base by reaching out to providers who had not previously participated in the community development programs. Almost half of the award recipients are new providers.
HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Cardell Cooper and Director of the Center For Community and Interfaith Partnerships Father Joseph Hacala made the announcement of the grants at an awards ceremony today at HUD Headquarters.
Cooper said: "Through technical assistance and collaboration, we can make sure that communities are able to face the challenge of revitalization with a complete set of tools and a strong base of support. We are pleased to have the opportunity today to recognize our partners who reach out to their communities and provide the information and know-how necessary to develop strong, sustainable American communities."
Hacala said: "These resources are one of HUD's greatest assets to empower community and faith-based non-profit groups, and ultimately, communities. The Department's Center for Community and Interfaith Partnerships works closely with these groups to provide housing and economic opportunity to the poor. These grants are the results of that effort and partnership."
The technical assistance grants will be distributed to groups in the following places: