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Housing Department Receives Grant to Transform Phoenix NeighborhoodHousing Department Receives Grant to Transform Phoenix Neighborhood<div class="ExternalClassBDB020F2E5C44826B51C311177C7AF3E"><p>The city of Phoenix Housing Department has been awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve a community with the largest concentration of public housing in the state.  The funds will be used to transform the Edison-Eastlake community into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood.</p><p>"This grant will increase our ability to provide a mix of affordable housing options and bring needed improvements to the Edison-Eastlake neighborhood," said Mayor Thelda Williams. "It's an opportunity to reshape Edison-Eastlake and build on its assets to improve livability and quality of life for its residents."</p><p>The implementation grant will redevelop public housing and stimulate economic growth in the area near St. Luke's Hospital and Edison Park, 18<sup>th</sup> and Van Buren streets.  It will link housing redevelopment with new amenities, upgraded infrastructure and social services; and will ensure that the Edison-Eastlake community benefits, and builds on, the local transit-oriented development opportunities.</p><p>"The Choice Neighborhoods Grant is the single most important step that the Phoenix Housing Department has taken to increase the supply of affordable housing in Phoenix," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, the Chair of the Housing Subcommittee.  "This important grant helps hundreds of residents have access to quality housing and will set a new standard for community-driven economic investment."</p><p>The Edison-Eastlake community is a distressed, low-income neighborhood that includes 577 aged, obsolete public housing units and many vacant lots.</p><p>For the past two years, the Housing Department has worked with residents, businesses and community organizations on a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan required for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.</p><p>The resulting "One Vision Plan" provides the framework to radically reshape the Edison-Eastlake community into a vibrant gateway to downtown Phoenix, deconcentrate poverty and expand quality affordable housing opportunities for the long-term.</p><p>For more information about the Choice Neighborhoods program, visit <a href="https://www.hud.gov/cn"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">hud.gov/cn</span></a>.</p></div>7/19/2018 7:00:00 AMAlejandro Montiel602-534-3443