Jun 03 2004

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES HUD FUNDING FOR BIRMINGHAM

City to receive Hope VI funding for Tuxedo Court development

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

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District plans to revitalize the once dynamic Tuxedo Court as a mixed-income development of rental and for-sale housing, including renovation of a community center and daycare facility. This will be a tremendous opportunity to restore the vibrancy of this historic African-American neighborhood.

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