Los Angeles was one of eight cities announced Monday as recipients of $450,000 federal grants to support a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds were given to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, which will use the money to develop a “transformational plan” by and for residents of Chinatown and for the benefit of residents of the William Mead Homes housing development.
“Housing, people and neighborhood are the three focal points of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program,” said HUD Deputy Regional Administrator Wayne Sauseda. “With this grant, HACLA will initiate a planning process guided by a Community Advisory Council led by the president of the Meads Homes Resident Advisory Council.”
The Choice Neighborhoods program emphasizes linking housing improvements with social services and physical neighborhood improvements, according to HUD. It seeks to have local leaders, residents, public housing authorities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits and private developers work together to create and implement plans that revitalized distressed HUD-assisted housing.
“As the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative marks its 10-year anniversary, we applaud the transformational work the Initiative has accomplished in the last decade and are excited to continue the mission with today’s announcement,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “These resources will support a robust planning process that will bring a wide group of residents and stakeholders together to share their hopes for their community.”
Along with Los Angeles, $450,000 grants were given to Annapolis, Maryland; Augusta, Georgia; Brownsville, Texas; Jackson, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; and Richmond, Virginia.