HUD grants $82.4 M for nonprofit training on housing & community

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:02:39 -0400


http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=PR8673-19981123&qt=homeless&sv=IS&lk=noframe
s&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486

CUOMO AWARDS $82.4 MILLION TO HELP GROUPS
MORE EFFECTIVELY USE HUD ASSISTANCE
FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Nov 23, 1998

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Andrew Cuomo today awarded $82.4 million to 88 organizations to provide
training and advice to help local groups around the country more
effectively use HUD assistance for housing and community development
activities.

"These grants will help empower people in communities across our nation to
find local solutions to local problems," Cuomo said. "We know that the
experts on Detroit are in Detroit, and the experts on Pierre, South Dakota
are in Pierre. Instead of trying to come up with one-size-fits-all programs
for communities of all shapes and sizes, we want to help groups tailor our
programs to meet each community's individual needs."

The 88 organizations receiving the HUD grants will assist local
non-profits, local and state  governments and other groups in all 50
states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories that have
received or are seeking HUD funds to develop and implement improved
initiatives using the HUD assistance.

The training and advice funded by the new grants -- known as technical
assistance -- will be focused on improving the local performance of four
HUD programs: Community Development Block Grants, HOME, Supportive Housing,
and Community Housing Development Organizations.

HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Cardell
Cooper and Director of the Center For Community and Interfaith Partnerships
Father Joseph Hacala made the announcement of the grants at a news
conference today. The news conference was preceded by a dialogue meeting,
"Celebrating Successes and Exploring the Future of Capacity Building,"
attended by many of the grant recipients.

At the meeting, Hacala challenged technical assistance providers to find
ways to ensure their assistance reaches a broader range of grass roots
groups.

Cooper said that "the technical assistance program demonstrates HUD's
commitment to providing front-end assistance to help grass roots
organizations -- our partners -- successfully access and utilize HUD's
programs and resources. Coupled with the best HUD budget in a decade, these
resources will enable neighborhoods and communities that have the greatest
need obtain access to the wider menu of HUD's programs."

Non-profits and other groups can contact a Community Builder in their local
HUD office to learn about opportunities to receive technical assistance
funded by the grants announced today.

LIST OF RECIPIENTS OF COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT TECHNICAL
ASSISTANCE GRANTS IN THE NORTHWEST

ALASKA             $522,250.  State of Alaska.

IDAHO               $300,407.  Enterprise Foundation and Northwest Regional
Facilitators.

OREGON            $591,407.  Enterprise Foundation and Northwest Regional
Facilitators.

WASHINGTON  $1,882,237.  Common Ground; Development Training Institute;
Local Initiatives Support  Corporation; Northwest Regional Facilitators;
Rural Community Assistance Corporation; and  Tonya, Inc.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (Will be working at the direction of HUD
Headquarters with specific states to be determined) $7,825.570. Center for
Community Change; Corporation for Supportive Housing; Council of State
Community Development Agencies; Institute for Community Economics, Inc.;
ICF Incorporated; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; McAuley Institute;
National Affordable Housing Training Institute; National Coalition For The
Homeless; National Congress for Community Economic Development; National
Development Council; and Structured Employment Economic Development
Corporation. SOURCE U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development.

END FORWARD
HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/>  Home Page
ARCHIVES  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/archives.html>  read posts to HPN
TO JOIN  <http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/join.html> or email Tom <wgcp@earthlink.net>