Russell neighborhood to get $1 million HUD grant for upgrades - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Russell neighborhood to get $1 million HUD grant for upgrades

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People in the Russell neighborhood are getting $1 million to spend on upgrades.

The money is part of a grant from HUD that allows the people who live and work there to have a lot of say in how it is spent.

"And that will allow us to go to the neighborhood and say, 'Okay, these are the things that are qualified under the grant, you decide how it should be spent,'" said Tim Berry of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

This morning, HUD awarded the $1 million Choice Neighborhood Grant to the Louisville Metro Housing Department. 

Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth and Councilman David Tandy have all been working to make this happen. The money is the second grant awarded by HUD and part of a long-term plan to re-build and re-energize the Russell neighborhood.

"It takes a holistic effort if we are going to transform a community -- and that's what's being rewarded here," said Metro Council member David Tandy (Dist. 4). "We started off with a smaller grant from HUD. They wanted to test us out and see what we could do. Well, we've proven ourselves time and time again with Hope 6 and all the other iterations of the program -- now we are calling it Choice Neighborhood. Whatever you want to call it, just send the money over here."

Right now, the Metro Housing Authority is working on a plan to get input from the people who live and work in the Russell neighborhood.

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