FWHS, HACLA Each Win $35M HUD CNI Grants

Date Published: 
April 27th, 2020

CLPHA congratulates our two members who each won $35 million FY19 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grants, Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles! 

FWHS and the City of Fort Worth, TX's CNI grant will support the transformation of Fort Worth's Stop Six community. The Stop Six Transformation Plan features: the replacement of 300 existing public housing units at Cavile Place with 990 mixed-income rental units in six phases of housing development; the construction of a Neighborhood Hub with co-located recreational, educational, health and safety services; and the provision of case management and educational, health, and economic mobility supportive services for Cavile residents. The $35 million federal investment is anticipated to generate nearly $345 million in development and improvements.

“Today’s award would not have been possible without the hard work and contributions of the residents, the community, and our more than 40 public and private sector partners,” said FWHS president Mary-Margaret Lemons in a press release. “These funds will further our collective vision to transform Stop Six into a mixed-income, mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood that will provide quality affordable housing for all income levels.” 

HACLA and the City of Los Angeles, CA's grant will help fund what HACLA calls the “Watts Rising Transformation Plan.” This plan includes the redevelopment of 700 public housing units at Jordan Downs to 1,569 brand new units, with one-for-one replacement in a “build first” model, as well as opportunities for ownership and economic advancement. The funds are leveraged by $685 million in private, local, and state resources and will build on the work of HACLA’s Transformative Climate Communities grant from the State of California through continued investment in community health, jobs, and entrepreneurism.

“The Choice Neighborhoods grant is a critical component of the city’s unprecedented effort to expand affordable housing opportunities and tackle current challenges with inclusivity and creativity,” said HACLA President and CEO Doug Guthrie in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be awarded this grant by HUD as it will give us an opportunity to bring sustainable change to the neighborhood of Watts and work with residents and stakeholders to transform the community as a whole.”

CLPHA congratulates FWHS and HACLA on these prestigious awards and looks forward to seeing the transformations of the Stop Six and Watts communities.

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