Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced two U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants designed to enhance the region's affordable housing, community development and fair housing initiatives. "The success of the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) in this competitive grant process enables us to sustain our neighborhoods and build our communities. I am also pleased that San Francisco-based California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) will receive a grant which will enable it to work to protect our state's rural poor from housing discrimination," Pelosi said.
The CCDC will receive $418,018 dollars to provide technical assistance to Bay Area groups committed to affordable housing and community development, but unfamiliar with HUD procedures. "With this grant we become a HUD resource in the community using our knowledge, gained over 21 years, in support of new affordable housing and community development initiatives," said CCDC Executive Director Gordon Chin.
CCDC is a leader in the community, managing more than 1,000 units of affordable housing. Additionally, CCDC provides citizenship and educational classes, as well as counseling and translation services for its residents.
CRLA will receive $100,000 under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program to develop, implement and coordinate a fair housing public interest campaign in English and Spanish in California's rural agricultural communities. "This grant enables us to reach the poorest and most marginal minority communities with information about how to address housing discrimination," said Ilene Jacobs, project coordinator for CRLA.
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