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$370 Million Awarded By HUD In Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Awards

HUD is striving to redevelop public or HUD-assisted housing including the surrounding neighborhoods.

August 24, 2023

Washington- An announcement was made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge to grant $370 Million to eight communities. The purpose of these awards is to support communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and want to Implement their Transformation Plan to redevelop the neighborhood.

The Housing Authority of Birmingham District and the city of Birmingham was presented with a Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant of $50 Million by Secretary Fudge in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham’s Smithfield Area used to be a thriving African-American community but there are plenty of factors that contributed to its decline such as mortgage redlining, racial zoning, construction of interstates, and lack of investment in Schools and Infrastructure.

The Choice Neighborhood Plan reflects the city of Birmingham and the Housing Authority’s Philosophy of “Putting People First” with input from residents and community stakeholders.

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “This investment represents HUD’s commitment to creating new housing for Birmingham residents and communities across the country. When we envision the future of public housing investment, we think of programs like Choice Neighborhoods. These awards promote the innovative collaboration needed to tackle the affordable housing crisis. A community-driven, whole-of-government approach to neighborhood revitalization is what leads to impactful changes in the neighborhoods that need it the most.”

The Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants strive to transform the distressed public, assisted housing, and neighborhoods across the country along with providing residents with Income, health, and education services.

The grants given by the Choice Neighborhood Implementation are used to fund the creation of mixed-income housing communities, improve economic development opportunities, and support community revitalization efforts focussing on three areas: Housing, People, and Neighborhood.

The new grantees will join a group of 44 other choice neighborhoods that have invested more than $6.3 Billion in disinvested communities. Besides this, an additional $3 Billion has been given to eight new awards in public and private commitments to make the transformation plan a reality.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Awards $370 Million in Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Awards”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 26, 2023,
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