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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Louisville Metro Housing Authority Receives Neighborhood Networks Grant

Tuesday October 12, 2004

The Louisville Metro Housing Authority has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a state-of-the-art computer lab in a community center in the revitalized Clarksdale neighborhood. Specifically, the grant will pay for new computers, furniture, software, and staff for the neighborhood’s new Active Learning Center.

“We are immensely proud of the success of the HOPE VI revitalization in Park DuValle, and we expect to see the same success in Clarksdale,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “These additional funds from HUD will help ensure that we can provide educational resources and other amenities in these neighborhoods that will make a positive difference in the quality of life for residents.”

HUD’s Neighborhood Network program provides the training and the technology for public housing residents to become computer literate, own their own computer, receive basic computer skills and/or attain a higher education level to ready them for employment.
Until the Active Learning Center is complete in 2006, training can still be provided at the Mabel Wiggins Center, on Algonquin Parkway at 7th Street.

The HUD grant for computers is the second such grant award the Housing Authority has received for the Clarksdale HOPE VI program. In 2003, the agency received a Neighborhood Networks grant award for $200,000.

Scheduled for completion in 2009, the Clarksdale HOPE VI will ultimately result in about $190 million investment through a public-private partnership to build more than 180 homes and 530 apartments.