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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces $30 Million Grant for Corktown, Detroit through the HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

June 9, 2021
Press Release
Detroit chosen as one of five communities to receive federal funding; 800 units of mixed-income housing will be created

Detroit, MI - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced a $30 million grant for Corktown, Detroit, through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The City of Detroit is one of five communities to receive funding under the federal initiative—FY2020 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant—to be used to redevelop distressed housing in the Greater Corktown neighborhood. To view the grant, click here.

“This is great news for Corktown and the City of Detroit. The $30 million grant will provide more housing for families, increase the quality of life, and create opportunity,” said Rep. Lawrence. “It’s these types of investments that will reinvigorate Corktown and transform the lives of its residents. As the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue to support efforts like these in Congress to help revitalize communities here in Michigan and across the country.”

With the award of the Choice Neighborhoods grant, the City of Detroit and its partners will replace the distressed 87-unit HUD-assisted Clement Kern Gardens Apartments with over 800 units of mixed-income housing. They will also enhance public spaces, integrate green infrastructure, and create a Community Empowerment Center. These physical investments will be paired with tailored health, employment, and education support for the families living at Clement Kern Gardens Apartments.

The Choice Neighborhoods initiative supports the revitalization of communities through an emphasis on linking housing improvements with comprehensive social services and physical neighborhood improvements. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD-assisted housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. This year’s awardees were selected from a pool of 20 applicants.