HUD Archives: News Releases
HUD No. 02-093
August 14, 2002
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN HOUSING
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Housing and Urban Development Assistance Secretary Roy
A. Bernardi today announced the State of Florida will receive nearly $60 million
in federal assistance to stimulate local economies, promote affordable housing,
help homeless persons and assist families and individuals with HIV/ AIDS. In
addition, Catholic Charities Housing, Inc. received $400,000 under HUD's Rural
Housing and Economic Development Program. Bernardi made the funding announcements
with Rep. Clay Shaw during a news conference in West Palm Beach, FL.
"These grants do so much good for so many people," Bernardi said.
"This money helps communities do the critical work of stimulating business
development and job growth, providing affordable housing and helping our most
"One of the greatest pleasures of my job is delivering good news from
Washington to my constituents at home," said Shaw. "Today, I have
the added pleasure of telling all Floridians that HUD has delivered over $59.6
million to our state in grants that will stimulate the business community and
bring jobs, provide people with affordable housing and help our most vulnerable
neighbors in their time of need."
The funding announced today for the State of Florida includes:
- $29,466,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;
- $23,609,000 in Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds;
- $ 2,430,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds; and,
- $ 4,129,000 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.
$59,634,000 Total Funding for State of Florida
The funding announced today for Catholic Charities Housing, Inc. will support
the construction of 96 units of rental housing for migrant and seasonal farm
workers at Catholic Charities' San Jose Mission in Dover, FL. The funding will
also support the construction a community center that will provide on-site childcare,
education and employment training, healthcare and homeownership education.
First awarded in 1974, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds enable
state and local governments to target their own economic development priorities.
Although the rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the
largest single use of the grants, the program is also an increasingly important
catalyst for economic development activities that expand job and business opportunities
for lower income families and neighborhoods.
HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest federal block grant
to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing
for low-income households. Since 1992, more than a half million affordable housing
units have been acquired, constructed or rehabilitated and nearly 70,000 tenants
have received direct rental assistance. In addition, more than 200,000 new homebuyers
have received assistance to purchase their first homes through the HOME program.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) help communities meet the basic shelter needs
of homeless individuals and families. Part of HUD's award-winning Continuum
of Care initiative, these grants also provide transitional housing and a variety
of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street
toward permanent housing.
HOPWA grants are distributed based on the number of AIDS cases as reported
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grants expand housing
opportunities, provide rental assistance, and support services to individuals
with HIV/ AIDS and their families. In addition, the HOPWA program also helps
many communities develop strategic AIDS housing plans and fill in gaps in local
systems of care.
HUD's block grant programs are distributed by formula around the country based
on criteria including population, income levels, poverty rates and age of housing
The Rural Housing and Economic Development funding is part of $25 million distributed
to rural communities in 33 states and territories to help create innovative
housing and economic development solutions including rehabilitation, new construction,
job creation, business retention and strategic planning.
HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development program helps state and local
communities to encourage economic development and promote affordable housing
by building the capacity needed to undertake these complex activities. These
communities can use the funding to hire and train staff, purchase computers
and software, develop accounting systems or hire experts to help them accomplish
their economic development and housing goals.
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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