HUD money awarded to four local agencies $22.4 million to be used to help similar groups

November 26, 1998|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Four Baltimore-area agencies created to help build low-income housing will receive a collective $22.4 million in federal Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to help similar agencies across the country.

HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo announced the awards Tuesday for the Development Training Institute, the Enterprise Foundation, Coalition for Low Income Community Development and the Center for Poverty Solutions.

The aid will be provided to agencies hoping to improve their communities through four HUD programs: Community Development Block Grants, HOME, Supportive Housing and Community Housing Development Organizations.

"Instead of trying to come up with one-size-fits-all programs for communities of all shapes and sizes, we want to help groups tailor our programs to meet each community's individual needs," Cuomo said. "These grants will help empower people in communities across the nation to find local solutions to local problems."

The grants are:

$14.1 million to the Development Training Institute, based in Baltimore since 1984. It specializes in training neighborhood leaders to become developers and community builders. The agency has done little work in Maryland; the grant will help it expand, agency leaders said yesterday.

$6.9 million to the Enterprise Foundation, a Columbia-based nonprofit group that recruits developers to work with community-based organizations on affordable housing. The money will provide technical expertise in obtaining short-term loans, mortgage financing and equity investment. Last year, the foundation created 15,000 housing units in partnership with 700 nonprofit groups across the nation.

$1.3 million to the Center for Community Change in Washington, which is parent to the Baltimore office of the Coalition for Low Income Community Development. The organization focuses on policy issues relating to block grants. Money will help the group expand from three to 13 cities.

$52,047 to the Center for Poverty Solutions to train groups throughout the state in human and housing services. The newly merged organization combined Action for the Homeless and the Maryland Food Committee.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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