PRC Joins National Trust Neighborhood Stabilization Consortium in Revitalization of Central City


Public Comments Requested

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $100 million of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 funds—a program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Together with a coalition of preservation and community development organizations, developers, and financial institutions, NTHP will work to stabilize and redevelop historic neighborhoods and properties impacted by the foreclosure and housing crisis. In New Orleans, PRC’s Operation Comeback will be working in partnership with the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NONDC) and other partner organizations to rehabilitate properties in Central City.

We urge PRC supporters to submit comment on NTHP’s proposal to HUD. Please review the following web site and visit the comment form to submit comments by midnight, July 13, 2009.

Additional information on the New Orleans partnership:

NONDC is a non-profit community organizing, community planning and development organization, focused on revitalizing the Central City neighborhood. For the last ten years NONDC has concentrated on increasing the production of quality affordable housing and asset-building for low-income families through homeownership. Nationally recognized for its efforts, NONDC partnered with the National Vacant Properties Campaign and proposed changes to the City’s code enforcement, tax-adjudicated and blighted process to more efficiently return properties to productive use. To date, NONDC has been a partner in the transformation of at least 25 vacant and decaying properties into quality affordable housing accessible to existing residents of the Central City neighborhood. NONDC and its partners, Operation Comeback, Providence Community Housing, Neighborhood Housing Services, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Sustainable Environmental Enterprises, and the Goodwork Network, seek $3.5 million for the acquisition and rehabilitation of 30 properties to convert them to affordable homeownership opportunities.

For additional information on the Neighborhood Stabilization Proposal and for information on partnerships in other communities, visit NTHP’s website.

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