HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 07-128
Antoinette Perry-Banks
(202) 708-0980
For Release
September 11, 2007

Since 1991, HUD has provided $67 million to HBCUs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced 14 historically Black colleges and universities would receive $8.4 million to help revitalize neighborhoods near their campuses. The HBCU grants, administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships, range from $584,600 to $600,000.

[Photo: Secretary Alphonso Jackson]

"HBCUs are the training ground of our future leaders. They are outstanding centers of learning and culture. They are unifying communities of learning in our communities and states throughout the nation. Using this funding, HBCUs will continue to promote economic and community development activities to benefit many benefit low-and-moderate income residents around the college," said Jackson, who made the grant announcement at the White House's 2007 National HBCU Week Conference.

HUD's HBCU program funds grantees to carry out projects designed primarily to benefit low- and moderate-income residents by helping prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet urgent community development needs in their localities. The grants can be used for activities such as: acquiring real estate; demolition; homeownership assistance to low- and moderate income persons; special economic development activities; and rehabilitation of residential, commercial or industrial buildings to correct code violations.

Since 1991, HUD has awarded more than $67 million to HBCUs to stimulate economic and community development activities.

Recipients of this year's grants are:
LeMoyne-Owens College
Winston-Salem State University
Clinton Junior College
Benedict College
South Carolina State University
Texas Southern University
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
Johnson C. Smith University
Coppin State University
Hinds Community College-Utica campus
Southern University at Shreveport
Dillard University
Rust College

The HBCU Program is one of several initiatives administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems. More information about OUP and its programs is available on the Internet at


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