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Murray Announces $35 Million to Revitalize King County Public Housing

Oct 01 2001

Grant will create home ownership opportunities for 400 local families

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of a $35 million "HOPE VI" community revitalization grant for King County. The King County Housing Authority will use these funds, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to implement a redevelopment plan for Park Lake Homes and the surrounding White Center community.

"The citizens of our state are committed to safe, affordable housing and strong communities," said Senator Murray. "This HOPE VI grant is a step forward in reaching our goal of leaving no community behind."

The $35 million grant will help create home ownership opportunities for 400 local families. In addition, the grant will fund numerous support services to assist immigrant and refugee families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The plan was developed through consultation with various White Center constituencies and reflects planning efforts at the local level.

Park Lake and the surrounding White Center community are home to a predominantly immigrant and refugee population. The community is the poorest in King County. Senator Murray worked to secure this HOPE IV grant by writing to HUD Secretary Mel Martinez and speaking with HUD officials.

"King County is showing the nation it is a leader in turning distressed public housing developments into stronger, more vibrant communities," said Murray.

The $35 million HUD grant will leverage an additional $140 million of public and private funds.