Frist, Alexander, Jenkins Applaud $12 Million HUD Grant For Kingsport's Riverview Homes

Posted on October 4, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Matt Lehigh (Frist) (202) 224-8066 October 4, 2006 Harvey Valentine (Alexander) (202) 224-8816 Richard Vaughn (Jenkins) (202) 225-6356 FRIST, ALEXANDER, JENKINS APPLAUD $12 MILLION HUD GRANT FOR KINGPORT’S RIVERVIEW HOMES WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Bill Jenkins (R-Tenn.) today made the following statements after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Kingsport will receive nearly $12 million in HOPE VI funding to revitalize public housing in the Riverview Homes neighborhood. Frist, Alexander and Jenkins have worked together in strong support of Kingsport’s funding request: “This is great news for Kingsport,” Frist said. “Modernizing Riverview has strong community support and will help improve the quality of life for the families who call the neighborhood home. Senator Alexander, Congressman Jenkins and I have worked very hard to secure this federal support, and I’m pleased to join with them for this announcement.” “I’m pleased this federal funding is being made available to help revitalize the Riverview community,” Alexander said. “I want to commend the local officials and community members who worked on this redevelopment plan and I was happy to join Senator Frist and Congressman Jenkins in supporting their efforts.” "This is tremendous news for Kingsport,” Jenkins added. “As this is a significant sum of money, these grants require a great deal of planning and forethought and are extremely competitive. Our local officials spent a great deal of effort organizing and creating a plan to redevelop the Riverview community into something of which the residents and the entire community can be proud. I look forward to seeing the results of this revitalization project when it is completed." The HOPE VI Program is administered by HUD. 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. ###