- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Memphis is one of nine finalists for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods by improving housing.

In a statement released Tuesday, Cohen said the city is competing for a HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant worth up to $30 million.

The Choice Neighborhoods program seeks to transform poor neighborhoods into viable mixed-income neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and assisted housing. The grant would help the city invest in well-functioning services, effective schools and education programs, public assets, public transportation and improved access to jobs.

Cohen, D-Memphis, says the grant could “substantially transform our city.”

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