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August 15, 2007
HERITAGE UNIVERSITY AWARDED $600,000 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANT
$46 Million provided to Hispanic Serving Institutions since 1999
SEATTLE - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced $6 million in competitive grants to 10 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) to help revitalize low-income neighborhoods near their campuses and bring new opportunities to students and families living there. The grants, which are administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships, range from $597,000 to $600,000. Heritage University in Toppenish, WA, received one of the largest grants of $600,000.
"These grants are investments in our future generations of great Americans," said Secretary Jackson. "Not only will these funds help improve neighborhoods but they will help people and places by creating new jobs and economic opportunities in their communities."
HSI grants are awarded under HUD's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities program. Colleges and universities use the funding for a wide range of housing and community development projects such as rehabilitating neighborhood housing for low- and moderate-income people, purchasing local property for community development purposes and helping neighborhood residents buy homes. In addition, the grants help to develop recreation, day care or senior centers, promote neighborhood fair housing programs and support a variety of other community projects.
"Affordable housing, expanded economic opportunity, and community revitalization are vital necessities for Hispanic American families," said Dr. Darlene Williams, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. "The Office of University Partnerships is pleased to partner with these Hispanic-serving institutions because these grants ultimately assist in the effort to meet many of these needs."
The HSIAC Program is one of several initiatives administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems. More information about OUP and its programs is available on the Internet at www.oup.org.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; 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 as well as 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.