The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today granted Portland State University (PSU) nearly $77,000 to collect and analyze data that will contribute to HUD’s centerpiece neighborhood revitalization program.
PSU was one of four institutions chosen for the project. The others were Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, University of California at Berkeley, and the International City/County Management Association.
The four research grants total $500,000. The money will be used to study the Choice Neighborhoods Program, which endeavors to transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools.
The research will help the form a sound basis for measuring the effectiveness of the program, and for determining the best ways to move forward on future neighborhood revitalization projects.
Five cities throughout the country were chosen last year as the first Choice Neighborhoods project grants: Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco. Much of the research will focus on those cities, but will also be used in a more generic way for future projects in other locations.