HUD, Home Forward (formerly known as HAP), and the City of Portland announced this morning that Home Forward will be receiving a HOPE VI grant of $18.5 million as part of funding package that will completely redo the Hillsdale Terrace public housing project in SW Portland.
This is the third HUD HOPE VI grant received by Home Forward, following grants and completed redevelopment of New Columbia and Humboldt Gardens. Those three projects received a total of $70.4 million in HUD HOPE VI grants.
According to HUD Secretary Donovan, Portland is one of 8 cities around the country to receive $153 million in HOPE VI grants, so this means that Home Forward received about 12% of all national HOPE VI funding awarded by HUD this year.
HUD PR is HERE.
The Home Forward website has lots more about the planned redevelopment HERE.
A 45 Year Perspective
Coincidentally, this weekend I found a 1967 City Club of Portland report with details about 1966 local reaction to the original development of the project and also some comparative development costs and values. Report HERE provides some useful historic perspective, includes reference to 1,000 person turnout at Wilson HS that included both supporters and opponents.
PS--You know your old when you realize that a 1966 controversy was the same year as your HS graduation:-)
Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.