Jun 03 2004


City to receive Hope VI funding for Albert Owens and Jesse Thomas Homes public housing developments

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced a $20 million grant for the city of Mobile through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Hope VI program. HUD’s approval of Mobile’s application is the culmination of a six-month application process. Sen. Shelby strongly supported the application.

Albert Owens, built in 1959, is comprised of 407 severely distressed 90 barracks-styled building on a 30-acre site. Jesse Thomas, built in 1970, is comprised of 380 severely distressed 131 barracks-style building on a 55 acre site. The revitalization calls for the demolition of all 787 units, to be replaced with 387 units on-site and off-site. Of the 387 units, 175 will be public housing and 131 will be affordable homeownership.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that HUD has recognized the merits of Mobile’s application. Revitalizing this distressed area will have a positive impact on the entire Mobile community.”

The Hope VI program was developed as a result of recommendations by National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which was charged with proposing a National Action Plan to eradicate severely distressed public housing.

The Commission recommended revitalization in three general areas: physical improvements, management improvements, and social and community services to address resident needs.