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Lee Jones
(206) 220-5356
www.hud.gov/washington
For Release
Tuesday
September 16, 2008

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BREMERTON & KING COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITIES WIN $400,000 IN HUD GRANTS TO “CYBER-CONNECT” PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS
They are Among 40 Housing Authorities Nationwide to Win $10.6 Million to Establish HUD Neighborhood Network Centers

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today competitively awarded $10.6 million in grants to 40 public housing authorities in 24 states – including the Bremerton and King County housing authorities in Washington - to provide greater access to computers and the Internet for thousands of public housing residents.

The Bremerton housing authority will use its $150,000 Neighborhood Network grant to establish a computer learning center at the 571-unit West Park public housing complex that currently is undergoing a revitalization.

"Having access to a computer and the Internet has become an essential part of our lives," said HUD Secretary Steven Preston. "Whether it's researching homework assignments or polishing a resume, this funding will help open doors to families who don't have access to a computer and build the skills needed in today's job market."

The funding comes from HUD's Public Housing Neighborhood Network Program, which gives housing authorities across the U.S. the resources to create, expand or update community technology centers. The centers must be located at or near a public housing site. These centers provide access to computers, computer training and the Internet for families who live in public housing; participants in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8); and residents of the surrounding community.

Neighborhood Network grants help the young and the old alike to become computer savvy. They give parents and children greater access to resources found on the Internet - everything from employment information to homework help. The centers generally provide a range of services to help residents achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency, including classes in computer literacy, financial planning and job training. Housing authorities also use the funding to hire staff to manage center activities or purchase equipment for the center.

2008 Public Housing Neighborhood Network Grants

State Organization
Funding Amount
ALABAMA
 
Housing Authority of the City of Prichard
$300,000
Mobile Housing Board
$250,000
 
State Total:
$550,000
CALIFORNIA
 
San Diego Housing Commission
$300,000
 
State Total:
$300,000
COLORADO
 
Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo
$400,000
 
State Total:
$400,000
CONNECTICUT
 
Housing Authority of the City of Meriden
$150,000
 
State Total:
$150,000
FLORIDA
 
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers
$150,000
 
State Total:
$150,000
GEORGIA
 
Carrollton Housing Authority
$150,000
 
Gainesville Housing Authority
$300,000
 
State Total:
$450,000
ILLINOIS
 
Housing Authority of the City of Rock Island
$150,000
 
Knox County Housing Authority
$300,000
 
Rockford Housing Authority
$400,000
 
State Total:
$850,000
KENTUCKY
 
Campbellsville Housing & Redevelopment Authority
$150,000
 
Housing Authority of Madisonville
$150,000
 
Lebanon Housing Authority
$150,000
 
Louisville Metro Housing Authority
$250,000
 
State Total:
$700,000
MARYLAND
 
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
$599,592
 
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
$150,000
 
Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County MD
$400,000
 
State Total:
$1,149,592
MICHIGAN
 
Port Huron Housing Commission
$300,000
 
State Total:
$300,000
MINNESOTA
 
Public Housing Agency of the City of Saint Paul
$250,000
 
State Total:
$250,000
MISSOURI
 
Housing Authority of St. Louis County
$150,000
 
State Total:
$150,000
MONTANA
 
Public Housing Authority of Butte
$150,000
 
State Total:
$150,000
NORTH CAROLINA
 
Housing of the City of Durham
$400,000
 
State Total:
$400,000
NEW YORK
 
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
$250,000
 
Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Schenectady
$200,000
 
New York City Housing Authority
$600,000
 
Syracuse Housing Authority
$200,000
 
State Total:
$1,250,000
OHIO
 
Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority
$300,000
 
Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority
$300,000
 
State Total:
$600,000
PENNSYLVANIA
 
Chester Housing Authority
$400,000
 
State Total:
$400,000
RHODE ISLAND
 
Housing Authority of the City of Providence
$250,000
 
State Total:
$250,000
TENNESSEE
 
Chattanooga Housing Authority
$400,000
 
Memphis Housing Authority
$250,000
 
State Total:
$650,000
TEXAS
 
Housing Authority of the City of Temple
$150,000
 
Houston Housing Authority
$250,000
 
State Total:
$400,000
VIRGINIA
 
Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority
$300,000
 
State Total:
$300,000
VERMONT
 
Burlington Housing Authority
$148,669
 
State Total:
$148,669
WASHINGTON
 
Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton
$150,000
King County Housing Authority
$250,000
State Total:
$400,000
WISCONSIN
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
$250,000
State Total:
$250,000
Grand Total:
$10,598,261

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