A Foray by HUD into Telling Small Towns How Best to Use Their Land
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In April 2009, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke to the ULI Spring Council Forum in Atlanta; he stated that his administration’s goal was “to put the UD back in HUD,” and explained that HUD’s over-reliance on housing solutions wasn’t helping cities address their complex revitalization needs. Just over two years later, this small new funding program caught my eye on a list of new HUD announcements:
*** HUD HOPE VI – $0.5 million
Application Due: August 22, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments
HUD requests proposals for the HOPE VI Main Street Program. This program provide grants to small communities to assist in the rejuvenation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. HUD encourages activities that actively promote sustainability through enhancing energy efficient measures……read more.