HUD Awards $35 Million Choice Grant to Stop Six Neighborhood in Fort Worth
April 23, 2020 | McCormack Baron Salazar
FORT WORTH– Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Housing Solutions will receive $35 million to redevelop the Cavile Place public housing complex and the Stop Six neighborhood. Provided through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, Fort Worth’s grant, along with three others awarded across the nation, including Winston-Salem, will transform long-struggling neighborhoods and distressed HUD-assisted housing. The four grants awarded today total $130 million.
The Stop Six Transformation Plan will replace 300 existing public housing units at Cavile Place with 990 mixed-income rental units that will be built in six phases of housing development led by McCormack Baron Salazar. It will also support the construction of a Neighborhood Hub with recreation, education, health and safety services and case management, education, health and economic mobility support services for Cavile residents. Read more about the transformation plan.
“Today’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant to Fort Worth will provide a transformational investment in Stop Six,” said Secretary Carson. “Even during the Coronavirus outbreak, HUD is continuing to direct support to those communities that need it most.”
“I’m thrilled to receive this wonderful news, because Stop Six is such a special neighborhood, located right in the heart of our city, with a distinctive and vibrant history worth preserving,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “Over the years, we’ve had hundreds of residents and stakeholders share their dreams for Stop Six, and with this grant from HUD, our coalition of partners can start the work to begin to realize those dreams. This proves, once again, that when Fort Worth works together, we will accomplish great things.”
“Winning the Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant is a game-changer that will transform the face of Stop Six and the entire Southeast Fort Worth area,” said Councilwoman Gyna Bivens. “This grant allows Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the City of Fort Worth to jointly focus beyond simply replacing housing units after Cavile is demolished, to also focus on those things that provide a sense of neighborhood, such as schools, community policing, faith institutions and commercial development like a grocery store.”
“Today’s award would not have been possible without the hard work and contributions of the residents, the community, and our more than 40 public and private sector partners,” added Mary-Margaret Lemons, FWHS President. “These funds will further our collective vision to transform Stop Six into a mixed-income, mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood that will provide quality affordable housing for all income levels.”
Choice Neighborhoods is focused on the three core goals of 1) replacing distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing; 2) improving the lives of residents in the areas of employment, income, health and education; and 3) creating conditions for public and private reinvestment in the neighborhood so that the amenities that are important to families’ choices in a community are available, including safety, good schools and economic activity.
Choice Neighborhoods builds on the successes of HUD's HOPE VI Program, linking housing improvements with a wide variety of public services and neighborhood improvements to create neighborhoods of opportunity. Choice Neighborhoods is HUD's signature place-based program, which supports innovative and inclusive strategies that bring public and private partners together to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.