HUD No. 08-146
September 25, 2008
HUD AWARDS $6.8 MILLION TO REVITALIZE PUBLIC HOUSING IN MILWAUKEE
HOPE VI grant to replace 24 severely distressed public housing units with 100 new and renovated housing units
MILWAUKEE, WI - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) a $6,759,852 grant today to revitalize public housing units located throughout the city. The funding supports the city's effort to bring more affordable housing and homeownership opportunities to neighborhoods ripe for transformation.
"Milwaukee's housing authority has already demonstrated its ability to revitalize neighborhoods and transform lives," said Preston who made the announcement today with Mayor Tom Barrett. "Look at what's become of the old Lapham Park public housing development. Today, the Townhomes of Carver Park is a thriving community that includes housing for low-income families and homeowners. I'm proud that HUD can be a partner in breathing new life into some of Milwaukee's most distressed neighborhoods."
"Every resident has the right to safe and affordable housing," said Mayor Barrett. "Because of the HOPE VI program, Milwaukee's Housing Authority has had great success re-inventing public housing in our city. I have supported this program since I was in Congress. HOPE VI has brought $130 million in affordable housing development with 93 new scattered site public housing units like Parklawn, Hillside, Carver Park, and Highland Gardens and has enabled us to leverage private investment to bring jobs and resources to these neighborhoods. I want to thank Senator Kohl and Congresswoman Moore for their hard work bringing these vital resources to the City."
"This HOPE VI grant will enhance affordable housing options in Milwaukee and help revitalize our neighborhoods," said U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. "I have always been a strong supporter of this federal resource as a way to spur collaboration among government agencies, private investors and community organizations. The Housing Authority of the city of Milwaukee is a worthy recipient of this grant because of its innovative strategies to build neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for all Milwaukee residents through affordable housing."
The grant will enable HACM to replace 24 severely distressed public housing units in different parts of the city with 100 new or renovated units, including 29 public housing and affordable rental units. There will also be nine affordable homeownership units and 62 moderately priced condominiums. Of these 100 units, 13 will be on the scattered site unit's original site and 87 will be in other locations.
HACM was selected among 24 public housing authorities across the country. Including this grant, HACM has been awarded six HOPE VI Revitalization grants.
HACM will pay relocation and re-occupancy costs for residents as needed. Affected residents can relocate to other public housing or receive a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) to subsidize their rent in privately owned housing. Relocated residents are given the opportunity to move back to the newly constructed units. Alternatively, if residents choose not to return to public housing, they may keep their voucher. The HOPE VI grant will also give relocated families access to support services such as career training and employment programs for adults; educational programs for children and youth; and homeownership counseling programs.
The funding announced today comes from HUD's HOPE VI Revitalization Program that awards funding to public housing authorities and encourages public, private partnerships to transform severely distressed public housing into mixed-income communities that empower former residents. The program was created in 1992 following a report by the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which concluded that approximately 86,000 public housing units in the U.S. needed revitalization. Since 1993, HUD has awarded 248 HOPE VI Revitalization grants totaling approximately $6 billion to 130 local housing authorities.
Housing authorities are competitively selected for HOPE VI grants based on many factors including the effectiveness and project readiness of their revitalization plans. HUD gives recipients the flexibility to develop revitalization plans that meet their local needs. Among other criteria, grantees are also awarded funds based on the capacity of the housing authority and its development team to administer and manage completion of the revitalization effort; the severity of physical distress of the development; the ability of the housing authority to supplement the HOPE VI grant with funding from other sources, private, state or local government; and the ability to provide supportive services to displaced residents.
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 and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.