Jul 15 2005


WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon be releasing $10,708,196 for housing and community revitalization programs in Birmingham. This grant is part of HUD’s commitment to provide home ownership opportunities for all Americans.

The funds will be awarded as follows:

  • $7,595,149 for Community Development Block Grants. This allows state and local governments to develop urban communities by providing housing and economic opportunities for low and moderate-income individuals. These funds may also be used for road construction, water and sewer projects, demolition, and other economic development activities.

  • $2,246,287 for the HOME Investment Partnership. This program helps expand affordable housing opportunities for low and very low-income families by providing grants to state and local governments to fund housing programs to meet the needs and priorities of the local community.

  • $497,000 for the HOPWA Program. This program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, states, and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.

  • $293,219 for the Emergency Shelter Grant Program. This program provides grants to state, local and private entities to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.

  • $76,541 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. These funds will promote home ownership opportunities by providing necessary resources for downpayment and closing cost assistance to low-income households.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $10.7 million for these important home ownership programs in Birmingham. These grants will provide more low-income families in the area with the opportunity to own a home and achieve a piece of the American dream.”

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