On Wednesday, August 31, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced five grantees will receive Choice Neighborhoods implementation funding totaling $122 million. The recipients are the Cities of Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle. The as-yet unauthorized Choice Neighborhood Initiative is the administration’s proposed replacement for the established Hope VI Program, which is dedicated to revitalizing public housing.
The January 31 edition of the NAHRO Monitor is now available online. Highlights include the latest information on proposed spending cuts for FY 2011 and beyond, and coverage of NAHRO's response to the Rental Housing Revitalization Act of 2010.
On January 14 NAHRO submitted a comment letter in response to HUD's request that stakeholders offer feedback on the Planning Grants section of the FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Round 1 NOFA. According to an email message, the Department is looking "to improve the Choice Neighborhoods initiative to better meet the needs of housing owners, public housing authorities, and local communities."