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HABC and the City of Baltimore Selected as a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Finalist

The agency is one of six applicants identified for the highly competitive grant award

(Baltimore, MD - April 17, 2018) – Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Executive Director Janet Abrahams received notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that HABC has been selected as a finalist for Fiscal Year 2017 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. HUD received 20 applications for the highly competitive award and selected six finalists from the pool of applicants to move on to the next round, one of which is HABC and the City.

“Creating a new era of neighborhood investment and revitalization – and particularly in those areas of our City that have been neglected for too long – is among my Administration’s highest priorities,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “We are grateful to be included among the finalists for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program. We are hopeful that the merits of our plans to implement the Perkins, Somerset, Old Town Transformation Project will result in the successful final consideration by HUD. These communities have waited long enough for what promises to be a new and promising beginning.”

In November 2017, HABC and the City of Baltimore jointly submitted a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) grant application to HUD to redevelop Perkins Homes and the surrounding community. The PSO Transformation Plan calls for the demolition and redevelopment of Perkins Homes into a vibrant mixed income community with affordable and market rate housing, a new 21st Century school, new community amenities and opportunities, neighborhood improvements, and a supportive services plan aimed at helping families meet their goals.

“We are pleased to be one of the six finalists in this extremely competitive Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant announcement, and to take the next step in the Perkins, Somerset, Old Town (PSO) Transformation Project,” said Director Abrahams. “We thank HUD for recognizing our long-term vision for the project, which is to improve resident success and restore the vibrancy of Perkins Homes and the surrounding community by replacing distressed public housing with high quality housing for people from all income levels.”

HUD expects to announce final grantees in July 2018.

Further details about the Perkins, Somerset, Old Town Transformation Plan can be found at www.baltimorehousing.org/perkinsproject/

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Perkins, Somerset, Old Town Transformation Plan Site