Omaha is one of three cities to receive a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is part of their Choice Neighborhoods Initiative and Omaha's share is $25 million.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said at a ceremony today, "It is a promise to continue our commitment to this North 30th Street Corridor. We are grateful for HUD's support so thank you so much and ready to build a new future." Money will be used to fund the Highlander Project that is committed to affordable housing, education, jobs, accessible health services and community. Several other projects will receive funding from the HUD grant.
City Council President Ben Gray says, "This is an opportunity for people in our community, who have suffered for a very long time, see some light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train coming at them."
Two other cities were selected to receive HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiatives, Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia.
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