The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it has awardednearly $564 million to 28 cities and the Virgin Islands in its latest round of grants to replace orrenovate some of the nation's worst public housing.
HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo released a list of this year's winners after notifying Washington, DCcity officials that they were the final recipient of this year's HOPE VI housing grants. In addition to replacing or rehabbing more than 10,000 run-down apartments and houses, Cuomo saysthat city housing officials will also be able to demolish another 6,400 severely distressed units. Joining Washington, DC, as winners were: Biloxi, MS; Camden, NJ; Chattanooga; Chicago; Danville,VA; Durham, NC; Memphis; Mercer County, PA; Milwaukee; Newport, KY; Norfolk, VA; Oakland, CA;Richmond, CA; Savannah; Seattle; Tacoma; and Tucson.The winning cities were competitively selected based upon the effectiveness of their public housingrevitalization plans. HUD policy provides local housing authorities with the flexibility to developrevitalization plans that meet their own special needs.
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