Pittsburgh Gets $30M HUD Grant to Fight Blight

Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities to receive $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to building housing, parks, streets and social services.

Pittsburgh plans to use the money in Larimer, a blighted, high-crime neighborhood. City officials believe they can leverage as much as $90 million more funding from other sources with the HUD money and hope to use the money to build 350 units of housing in the next 10 years.

About $21 million of the money will be used to replace 155 units at two housing developments, one owned by the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and the other subsidized by HUD.

Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Norwalk, Connecticut are the other three cities to receive the grants this year.

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