Jul 09 2004


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 $12,279,409 for housing and community revitalization programs in Jefferson County. This grant is part of HUD’s commitment to provide home ownership opportunities for all Americans.


The funds will be awarded as follows:


  • $8,867,000 for a 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.



  • $296,915 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.


  • $2,347,512 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.


  • $247,982 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.


  • $520,000 for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. This program provides housing assistance to state and local governments and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $12 million for these important home ownership programs in Jefferson County. 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.”