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County gets $300K for housing transformation
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County gets $300K for housing transformation

Pasco County, Florida -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that Pasco County will receive $300,000 to conduct grassroots efforts to revitalize the public housing at Cypress Villas II and transform the Lacoochee-Trilby neighborhood.

The county is one of 17 entities from across the U.S. that received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant.  The funding will provide the community the resources they need to craft comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize public or other HUD-assisted housing and transform distressed neighborhoods.

“This funding will enable Pasco to take its initial discussions with local partners further to plan out strategies to build a stronger, more sustainable community that will address distressed housing, failing schools, rampant crime in this housing and community,” said Ed Jennings, Jr., HUD  Southeast Regional Administrator. “HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative represents the next generation in a movement toward revitalizing entire neighborhoods to improve the lives of the residents who live there.”

HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods.  Building on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods links housing improvements with necessary services for the people who live there – including schools, public transit and employment opportunities.

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