Choice Neighborhood programs to expand if Joe Biden new budget deal passes.
As part of the Biden Administration’s new budget offer offering the largest one-time expenditures in affordable housing in U.S. history, one of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s trademark programmes might see one of its largest expansions since its inception a decade ago.
HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods programme is distinct from more typical housing initiatives that focus primarily on the construction and repair of affordable housing units or the expansion of voucher programmes.
Grants can be utilised to restore housing stock, build new grocery shops, and rehabilitate parks, as well as connect communities to public transit, health services, and children programmes.
After months of controversy, President Joe Biden included funding for the Choice Neighborhoods programme in his latest offer to Congress on his Build Back Better plan to enhance U.S. safety net programmes on Thursday.
“We have a once-in-a-generation chance to invest in our communities and provide for families through the Build Back Better initiative.” Among the historic housing investments advocated for by the President, the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative stands to benefit “Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of the United States, stated USA TODAY. “This is our chance to make a long-term difference.”
Over the previous decade, the programme has granted roughly $1.2 billion to 40 cities around the country.
Fudge flew to Cleveland with Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio and Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, on Friday for the groundbreaking of one of the newest grantees.
In May, HUD awarded a $35 million grant to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and the city of Cleveland under the signature programme.
“Investments in Ohio communities, such as the Buckeye/Woodhill project, assist families and children, enhance health outcomes, and invest in areas that have been left on their own for far too long,” Brown explained.
“Congress and the Joe Biden administration are clearly taking measures to make additional investments like this,” he continued. During the occasion in Cleveland, Jeffery K. Patterson, CEO of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, hailed the news. One of the program’s main advantages, according to Patterson, is its adaptability.
“It requires grant implementers to restructure and revive a neighbourhood through the perspective and ambitions of its community,” Patterson explained.