HUD Grants $33.1 M to Train Dropouts to Build Housing FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:03:23 -0400


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FWD  via PR Newswire Monday November 23, 1998

Press Release: [US Dept. of] Housing and Urban Development

CUOMO AWARDS $33.1 MILLION IN HUD AID
TO TRAIN YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS
TO BUILD NEW HOUSING AND NEW LIVES


WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Andrew Cuomo today announced $33.1 million in grants to local governments,
housing authorities and non-profit groups to train nearly 2,300 high school
dropouts to build and renovate low-income housing and to support themselves
as construction workers.

In New England nine grant recipients under the Youthbuild Program will give
the young people on-the-job training
through building and renovating units of affordable housing for homeless
people and other low-income families. Secretary announced 69 grant
recipients nationwide who will renovate more than 850 units of affordable
housing. Awards were made in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire and Vermont.

``This program helps high school dropouts build new housing for families in
need, while building new careers and new lives for themselves,'' Cuomo
said. ``With the construction and academic skills they learn in Youthbuild,
young people can work their way out of poverty and support themselves for a
lifetime.''

Youthbuild participants -- ranging in age from 16 to 24 -- would have a
hard time finding good jobs without the program, because of their lack of
high school diplomas and job skills. Youthbuild helps the young people get
general equivalency high school diplomas and provides social services and
training in leadership skills, in addition to training as construction
workers.

The new investment in Youthbuild will attract other investment from outside
HUD of $34 million in cash and in-kind resources supporting Youthbuild
programs around the nation.

More than $170 million in grants have been made under Youthbuild since it
began in 1993, enabling over 7,800 young people to take part in building or
rehabilitating more than 3,650 houses and apartment units in their
communities.

A total of 217 cities, states, non-profit groups and housing authorities
and other eligible applicants around the country competed for the 69 new
grants.

    NEW ENGLAND YOUTHBUILD 1998 GRANT RECIPIENTS


CONNECTICUT

-- The Co-Opportunity, Inc. in Hartford will receive a Youthbuild Grant of
$700,000. The 40 participants will learn on-site construction skills by
working to build four new units in two duplexes. Cash and in-kind
leveraging resources total $1,333,329 in support of this program. Key
partners include: Hartford Housing Authority, the Capitol Region Education
Council, The Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood,
Community Health Services, State of Connecticut Department of Economic and
Community Development.

MAINE

-- The Portland West Neighborhood Planning Council in Portland will receive
a Youthbuild Grant of $450,000. The 66 participants will be learning
on-site construction skills by working to rehabilitate a three unit
building. Cash and in-kind leveraging resources total $902,704 in support
of this program. Key participants include: Maine Department of Labor,
Greater Portland Episcopal Partnership, United Way, and the City of
Portland.

MASSACHUSETTS

       The Massachusetts Job Training, Inc. in Worchester will receive a
Youthbuild Grant of $317,026. The 14 participants will be learning on-site
construction skills by working to rehabilitate one house that will be
reserved for a first-time, low income qualifier. In-kind leveraging
resources total $73,418 in support of this program. Key participants
include: The Oak Hill Community Development Corporation and The Friendly
House Neighborhood Center.

       The Nueva Esperanza, Inc. in Holyoke will receive a Youthbuild Grant
of $350,000. The 20 participants will be learning on-site construction
skills by working to build 10 three bedroom units for homeownership. Cash
and in-kind leveraging resources total $129,875 in support of this program.
Key participants include: Holyoke Housing Authority, Holyoke Community Land
Trust, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and Holyoke Community College.

       The Old Colony Y Services Corporation in Brockton will receive a
Youthbuild Grant of $350,000. The 18 participants will be learning on-site
construction skills by working to construct a duplex building with two
3-bedroom units for low-income families. Cash and in-kind leveraging
resources total $1,384,500 in support of this program. Key partners
include: The Brockton Housing Authority, The City of Brockton, The Mayor's
Office, The Brockton Area Private Industry Council, Inc., Massasoit
Community College, and The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

       The People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. in New Bedford will
receive a Youthbuild Grant of $350,000. The 20 participants will be
learning on-site construction skills by working to build one new and
rehabilitate one existing home. The homes will be reserved for first time,
low- income qualifiers. The cash and in-kind leveraging resources total
$521,434 to support this program. Key participants include: The Polaroid
Fund, Home Depot, United Way of Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts Service
Alliance, Head Start, AmeriCorps, The Department of Transitional
Assistance, and The Bristol District Attorney.

       The Youthbuild Boston, Inc. in Roxbury will receive a Youthbuild
Grant of $700,000. The 70 participants will be learning on-site
construction skills by working to rehabilitate a triple-decker, three
family residence within an Enterprise Community. The cash leveraging
resources total $415,000 in support of this program.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

-- Odyssey House, Inc. in Hampton will receive a Youthbuild Grant of
$449,665. The 12 participants will be learning on-site construction skills
by working to rehabilitate two public housing units. Key participants
include: Dover Housing Authority and Dover Adult Learning Center.

VERMONT

-- King Street Youth Center in Burlington will receive a Youthbuild Grant
of $450,000. The 28 participants will be learning on-site construction
skills by working to rehabilitate a six unit transitional housing designed
for low- income mothers who need housing during pregnancy and early stages
of parenting. Cash and in-kind leveraging resources total $425,655 in
support of this program which is located in the Old North End Enterprise
Community. Major partners include: Burlington Public Schools, Burlington
Community Land Trust, City of Burlington, The King Street Youth Center
Board of Directors, Spectrum Youth and Family Services and Step Up for
Women.

SOURCE: Housing and Urban Development

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