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HUD AWARDS $7.4 MILLION TO 10 HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 width=WASHINGTON ““ U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $7.4 to 10 historically colleges and universities to help revitalize neighborhoods, promote affordable housing and stimulate economic development in their communities.   The funding announced today is provided through ’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program. Donovan made the announcement to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference in Washington.

“All across this country, historically black colleges and universities are cultivating young minds and helping to revitalize local communities,” said Donovan.   “I’m proud that HUD can be an important partner to assist these institutions of higher education in their efforts to strengthen our nation’s communities.”

The following Historically Black Colleges and Universities were awarded funding (see attached for a description of these projects):

State Recipient Amount
Alabama Tuskegee University $800,000
Arkansas University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff $800,000
Louisiana Southern University and A&M College $800,000
North Carolina Fayetteville State University $499,602
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University $800,000
St. Augustine’s College $498,682
Winston-Salem State University $800,000
Oklahoma Langston University $800,000
South Carolina Benedict College $800,000
Voorhees College $800,000
Total $7,398,284

To qualify for funding under HUD’s grant program, institutions must meet the definition of a Historically Black College and University as determined by the Department of Education.   HUD’s grants will help these institutions undertake a wide variety of activities, particularly those that benefit low-income persons.   These activities may include:

Ø   Acquiring property;

Ø   Demolishing blighted structures;

Ø   Rehabilitating homes, including cleaning up lead-based paint hazards and making modifications that improve accessibility;

Ø   Improving public facilities;

Ø   Providing downpayment and closing cost assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers;

Ø   Offering assistance to small businesses, including minority-owned enterprises;

Ø   Assisting community-based development organizations to carry out neighborhood revitalization; and

Ø   Supporting public services such as job training, child care, fair housing, and housing counseling.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 an effort to address pressing local problems. For more information about HUD’s partnership with institutions of higher education, visit HUD’s website.

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