HUD announces major grant for Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that Omaha is one of three U.S. cities receiving grant money as part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Omaha's share of the pie is $25 million dollars.

The Omaha grant targets the North 30th Street Corridor.

HUD teamed with city officials to make the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference.

The funds are used to redevelop severely distressed public or assisted housing and to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods.

Mayor Jean Stothert said Omaha has the will and experience to, "invest the grant funds wisely."

She said this project represents the city's commitment to the North 30th Corridor.

Rep. Don Bacon said, "Thousands of people will be assisted with this grant."

City Council President Ben Gray said, "This is going to make a significant difference in our community." He said it's an opportunity for people who have suffered for a long time to see, "light at the end of the tunnel."

Othello Meadows, CEO of 75 North, said, "I want to thank the families in these neighborhoods." He thanked them for the trust as plans move forward to redevelop their homes into places with bright and safe futures.

Along with Omaha the other cities selected for the grants were Newport News, Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia.

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