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HUD Goes Local to Spark Housing Recovery

Strong Cities, Strong Communities, an innovative new pilot that will help strengthen local communities while also delivering federal resources and assistance more effectively.

Six cities have been selected for a pilot program designed by the Obama Administration to strengthen local capacity, spark economic growth and ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently. The initiative, named Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) will involve multiple federal agencies which will provide staff to work with local governments. The program has three primary goals.

The first goal is to help local governments cut through federal red tape and navigate the overlapping maze of agencies, regulations and program requirements.

Second goal is to provide on the ground technical assistance and planning resources tailored to local governments' needs and helping them use the federal funds they already receive more efficiently and effectively.

The last goal is to develop critical partnerships with key local and regional stakeholders that encompass not only municipal and state governments, but also new partnerships with the business community, non-profits, anchor institutions, faith-based institutions, and other public, private, and philanthropic leaders.

The participating cities are Detroit, Chester, Penn.; Cleveland, Fresno, Calif.; Memphis and New Orleans. The six were selected on the basis of economic need, strong local leadership and collaboration, potential for economic growth, geographic diversity, and the ability to test the SC2 model across a range of environments. 

Federal assessment teams spent time on the ground working directly with mayors and other local officials to determine needs, opportunities and gather input for the pilot initiative.

SC2 has several components. Community Solutions Teams (CST) made up of federal employees from several agencies will work with the mayors of participating cities with issues they have identified as vital to their economic strategies including efforts to build on local assets, strengthen regional economies, develop transportation infrastructure, improve job-training programs and support community revitalization.

– Courtesy of Mortgage News Daily, Jann Swanson

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December 8, 2019, 7:43 am PDT

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