Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that the City of Beaumont Housing Authority was awarded $20,000,000 from the Department of Housing (HUD) through the HOPE VI Revitalization grant program.

Congressman Poe contacted HUD Secretary Jackson on behalf of the City of Beaumont Housing Authority earlier this year in support of their application for funds. He stressed to Secretary Jackson the need for funding in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Jefferson County has a tremendous need for affordable housing and it is great to see this project become a reality, said Poe. Southeast Texas housing needs were intensified when Louisiana residents fled east from Hurricane Katrina and made worse when the area was hit by Hurricane Rita. I applaud HUD for recognizing the needs of the Beaumont Housing Authority and look forward to the benefits it will bring to our community and its residents.

The Beaumont Housing Authority (BHA) will use the grant to replace the existing 195 public housing units at Magnolia Gardens with 149 public housing units. The agency also has plans to build 148 market-rate rental units, 46 affordable rental units and 37 market-rate homeownership units. Some of the new housing being constructed will be on the former fairgrounds site, less than a mile from Magnolia Gardens. BHA will also build a new community center with a computer center that will give residents easy access to free, unlimited access to the Internet and software programs as well as free computer training and online job search assistance.

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