Washington, DC – July 23, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced Cranston, Warwick, and Woonsocket will receive a total of more than $4 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing. HUD’s annual funding will also provide downpayment assistance to first-time homebuyers and help individuals and families who might otherwise be living on the streets.
“This funding represents HUD’s continuing investment in helping our local partners improve their communities,” said Donovan. “If we hope to lay the groundwork for sustainable growth and prosperity in the future, it’s critical that we help state and local communities to make the needed improvements and to produce more affordable housing.”
HUD funding will be provided through the Department’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program.
Since 1974, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided approximately $124 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing and the improvement of public facilities have traditionally been the largest uses of CDBG although the program is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to a statutory formula based on a community’s population, poverty, and age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1992, more than 600 communities have completed more than 900,000 affordable housing units, including 383,000 for new homebuyers. In addition, 209,000 tenants have received direct rental assistance.
Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. It can assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility, and for the administration of the grant. ESG also provides short-term homeless prevention assistance to persons at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.
HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.