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By the Housing Group at Ballard Spahr

Tag Archives: Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

Administration’s OMB budget blueprint proposes 13% cut and elimination of many HUD programs

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing
  The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released the Trump administration’s budget blueprint today, providing a general overview of the budget request it intends to present to Congress later this Spring.  As outlined, the blueprint calls for a 13.2% reduction through cutting over $6 billion in funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development… Continue Reading

HUD awards Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants in six cities

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Public Housing, RAD
On Friday, January 16, 2015, HUD announced the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant awards.  HUD is awarding $3.2 million in Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants to the following recipients: City of Flint/Flint Housing Commission (Flint MI) City of Gary/Legacy Foundation/City of Gary Economic Development Corporation (Gary IN) Louisville Metro Housing Authority (Louisville KY) Mobile Housing Board (Mobile… Continue Reading

HUD issues FY2014 and FY2015 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant NOFA

Posted in Community Development, Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives
HUD has made $76 million available for communities with HUD-assisted housing through its latest Notice of Funding Availability. Issued last week, the Choice Neighborhoods NOFA will provide funding for four Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, President Obama’s signature comprehensive neighborhood revitalization program, provides federal monies to support improvements in housing, educational outcomes,… Continue Reading

Is it time to take the “Public” out of Public Housing?

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD
The public housing program, our nation’s first investment in housing, is 77 years old this week. Although for most of the last 20 years much of the funding for revitalizing public housing has come from private sources, in the minds of the average American, public housing is a government program that should be accountable solely to… Continue Reading

Applying lessons from the Netherlands to transforming communities

Posted in Government-Assisted Housing, Legislative Initiatives, Policy, Public Housing, RAD
A recent article in the New York Times explored the means for overcoming the potential for future flood devastation like that caused by Hurricane Sandy.  The article profiled Henk Ovink, a leader on water management in the Netherlands currently serving as senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  Ovink advocates for broad-based, regional approaches to… Continue Reading