Daily Record Staff//September 18, 2023
//September 18, 2023
The Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown was awarded $500,000 as part of the $7 million Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Hagerstown was one of 14 communities nationwide chosen for the grant from 28 applications. It is the largest cohort of new Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants since 2012.
Each awardee will receive a $500,000 grant to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan to redevelop severely distressed public housing, improve outcomes for residents, and bring new amenities to high-poverty neighborhoods.
The Choice Neighborhoods program has a three-pronged “Housing, People and Neighborhood” approach that includes the redevelopment of distressed properties and supportive services related to the residents’ health, education, and income while investing in economic development and neighborhood improvement projects.
Since 2013, 65% of Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant awards were made to past planning grantees. Implementation grants provide the funds needed to implement transformation plans, including redevelopment of distressed HUD-assisted housing.