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Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that the District was chosen as one of nine finalists nationwide for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant. The District will compete for funding from the approximately $110 million available for the grants; it will be used to transform public and other HUD-assisted housing in targeted neighborhoods nationwide.

“One of the major goals of my One City Action Plan is enhancing the availability of affordable housing so that we can maintain a diversity of income levels in the District, and I am excited that we are in the competition to receive these much-needed funds to help bolster that effort,” Mayor Gray said. “These grants would give us more flexibility in transforming targeted neighborhoods as we create safe, viable environments for District residents to live, work and play.”

The D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA) is one of nine finalists in the competition out of a pool of 42 applicants – including some of the largest housing agencies in the nation. The finalists will compete for individual grants up to $30 million. HUD anticipates naming four to five implementation grant recipients later this year.

“We look forward to the opportunity to continue the intensive work we began in Kenilworth-Parkside as a result of DCHA’s winning a Choice Planning Grant from HUD in January 2012,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “We worked hand-in-hand with community groups, including our Promise Neighborhood partners. We also worked very closely with our resident leadership who played an important role is shaping our vision. This announcement is great for the city, and particularly the residents of the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood.”

 

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