HUD Archives: News Releases
HUD No. 02-088
July 31, 2002
HUD ANNOUNCES $492 MILLION TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HOUSING
Application For 2002 Funding and New Guidelines Available Today
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today
announced the availability of $492.5 million in 2002 HOPE VI Revitalization
Grants to help transform public housing and improve neighborhoods throughout
America. This year more cities will benefit from the program because HUD has
set a maximum of $20 million per grant.
"This year HUD will distribute grants to a wider range of public housing
authorities," said HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu. "We will also
emphasize project readiness for this year's applicants."
Since 1993, 165 grants have been awarded to 98 housing authorities, totaling
approximately $4.5 billion. Revitalization grant funds may be used for an array
of eligible activities, including: capital costs of major rehabilitation, new
construction and other physical improvements; demolition of severely distressed
public housing; acquisition of sites for off-site construction; and community
and supportive service programs for residents, including those relocated as
a result of revitalization efforts.
Today, housing agencies can begin applying for HOPE VI Revitalization grants
and they have 120-days to complete their applications.
Improvements for the 2002 Notice of Funds Availability for the HOPE VI Program
include: project readiness and grant size. In the submissions:
- Each applicant must have procured a developer by the time the application
- Required matching funds must be committed as well.
- Each application must certify that it has completed a HOPE VI Relocation
The HOPE VI program was created in 1992 as a direct result of the National
Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing report that found nearly 86,000
units of "severely distressed" public housing.
The HOPE VI program has several key objectives:
- Changing the physical shape of public housing by demolishing aging, distressed
units and replacing them with apartments that blend aesthetically into the
- Reducing concentrations of poverty by encouraging a greater income mix.
- Establishing support services - such as education and training programs,
child care services, transportation services and counseling - to help
public housing residents get and keep jobs.
HUD will pay temporary relocation costs for residents whose apartments are
being demolished. Relocated residents in good standing will be given the first
opportunity to move back to the newly constructed units at the site, or will
be given rental assistance vouchers that will subsidize their rents in privately
owned apartments if they choose not to return to public housing.
All new units being built will conform to guidelines of HUD's Healthy Homes
Initiative, which will ensure that homes incorporate safeguards to protect residents
against hazards such as lead poisoning, fire, carbon monoxide and radon.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly
among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans,
supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living
with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD
and its programs is available on the Internet.
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