Newport News, Va. – The City of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority are the recipients of a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) program. Funding will transform the Marshall-Ridley area in the Southeast Community, creating new housing options, community services, recreational opportunities and parks. Newport News received the maximum amount of funding allowable from HUD.
“This is a momentous day for the City of Newport News and our citizens,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price, D.D.S. “The grant from HUD is an investment in the transformation taking place in the Southeast Community, a revitalization that impacts our entire city. The Marshall-Ridley neighborhood has a rich history and a strong sense of community, and support from HUD will expedite our ambitious plan to return the area to its vibrancy and create life-changing opportunities for our residents.”
Newport News is one of three recipients chosen from a pool of 32 applicants. HUD also awarded grants to Norfolk (VA) and Omaha (NE). As part of the application review process, a HUD team visited Newport News in March to tour the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood and assess the city and housing authority’s initial progress in implementing the transformation plan.
“It’s my privilege to award this grant to the City of Newport News,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. “They were selected from dozens of applicants because of the vision they put forward – and the promise of that vision to uplift those who need a hand. As I have often said at HUD, we believe that creating opportunities in our communities can never be the job of just one sector. All of us, whether in the public, private, or nonprofit space, must come together and work as a well-coordinated team.”
In 2016, the city and the housing authority received a $500,000 CNI Planning Grant. This grant was used to develop a community-driven transformation plan for the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood, which includes Ridley Place public housing and an expanded area around the complex. The transformation plan can be viewed in its entirety online.
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is HUD's signature place-based initiative to revitalize and transform distressed public and assisted housing and surrounding areas. The initiative is intended to help localities build neighborhoods of opportunity and choice while focusing on housing, people and neighborhood needs and opportunities. CNI Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their Transformation Plan.
See the full press release from HUD: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_19_060