Posted on October 26, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that Memphis will receive $20 million in HOPE VI funding to revitalize public housing in the Dixie Homes neighborhood. HOPE VI funds will enable Memphis to replace the Dixie Home’s current residential units, which were originally constructed in 1938. The City of Memphis, the Women’s Foundation, and the LeBonheur Foundation have pledged financial support for the effort and developed a comprehensive plan to provide job training, employment opportunities, and support services for community residents. The Dixie Homes work supports the final phase of the Central Medical District revitalization program. “This is great news for the people of Memphis,” Frist said. “This federal funding will modernize Dixie Homes and provide a better quality of life for the many families who call the community home. This work will provide more than new housing, however. It will pave the way for a stronger community and economic growth in the neighborhood. Senator Alexander and I have worked very hard to secure federal support for this project, and I am pleased to join him in making this announcement.” “I applaud Secretary Jackson for recognizing the fine work Memphians are doing to improve housing, neighborhoods, and lives in their community,” Alexander said. “The Memphis Housing Authority has done great work already in HOPE VI projects, and this funding for Dixie Homes will continue the momentum in these neighborhoods. Federal funding can be an important component in revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, but the local commitment is what ultimately defines success in revitalization projects. This is further evidence of the strength of the community efforts in Memphis, and I will continue to work with Senator Frist to support these efforts.” This is the fourth HOPE VI grant secured by Memphis for a funding total of $124.9 million. Lamar Terrace received a $22.4 million award last year; Uptown received $35 million in 2002; and College Park received $47.5 million in 1995. The HOPE VI Program is administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HOPE VI grant program was developed as a result of recommendations by the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which was charged with proposing a National Action Plan to eradicate severely distressed public housing. The Commission recommended revitalization in three general areas: physical improvements, management improvements, and social and community services to address resident needs.