October 15, 2004
HUD AWARDS A $1.8 MILLION GRANT TO THE DELAND, FLA. HOUSING AUTHORITY TO DEMOLISH DISTRESSED PUBLIC HOUSING
DELAND, Fla. - The U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development has awarded a $1,803,344 public housing demolition grant to the Deland Housing Authority that will be used to demolish the aged units at the Oakland Terrace public housing development, HUD Assistant Secretary Michael Liu announced today. The grant will be used to demolish 200 units and other facilities in the area and relocate 190 families.
"I'm pleased Deland is one of the cities that will get funding this year to demolish these old properties to make way for community revitalization," said Liu, who presented the grants to Linda McDonnell, Executive Director of the housing authority.
This housing authority was selected from a pool of 32 applications HUD received for a second round of 2003 demolition grants. With the additional $13.8 million given this round, total funding for the demolition program is $59.6 million.
Since the demolition program began in 1996 and including the grants awarded today, HUD has awarded 287 grants to 125 housing authorities in 34 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and 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 and espanol.hud.gov.
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