Peoria Housing Authority and City of Peoria Awarded the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant
Grant will fund resident-driven revitalization planning for 61605
PEORIA, IL (October 23, 2023) The public is invited to join representatives from the Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) and the City of Peoria on Thursday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Griswold and Montana Streets for a press conference to announce the award of a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant will support community-based strategies to create a Transformation Plan centered on Harrison Homes residents and inclusive of the surrounding 61605 community. The Transformation Plan is a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan that addresses housing, resident needs, and neighborhood goals. Creating a Transformation Plan will allow the City of Peoria and the Peoria Housing Authority to pursue future development funding and bring Harrison Homes residents’ vision to life.
Mayor Ali celebrated the grant award, stating, “The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is an opportunity for the community to provide their input for a shared vision for the future of Harrison Homes and the neighborhood. This grant is a crucial step towards building momentum and creating bright futures for people living in and around Harrison Homes.”
Under the leadership of Peoria Housing Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Armeca Crawford, PHA has made significant progress towards rejuvenating Central Illinois’ public housing. PHA has been awarded approximately $4 million in operational and developmental grant funding, including the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant.
The two-year Planning Grant will allow the Peoria Housing Authority and the City of Peoria to work directly with residents and stakeholders to build capacity for a plan that improves the quality of life for residents and brings new amenities to the neighborhood.
“We are most excited to amplify our Harrison Homes residents’ voices and those of the surrounding community to create the best future for our housing, neighborhoods, and families,” stated CEO Armeca Crawford.