Gov. Doyle: Announces $36 million in federal grants to benefit Milwaukee, Habitat for Humanity

Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today more than $36 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for the city of Milwaukee and Habitat for Humanity International. The grants will go toward creating jobs and spurring economic development in hard-hit communities.

“This important financial assistance will help build strong neighborhoods and communities in our state,” Governor Doyle said. “Affordable housing helps improve the quality of life for people in Wisconsin, and it is a key component for a healthy economy. I want to thank the Obama Administration for its leadership on this issue.”

Since taking office, Governor Doyle has made affordable housing projects for low-income families a priority. In the past year alone, the Governor has helped secure more than $100 million in affordable housing funding and tax credits through the Recovery Act and state sources.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding a total of $2 billion to nearly 60 grantees, including states, local governments and non-profit housing developers nationwide. The city of Milwaukee will receive $25 million from HUD, and Habitat for Humanity will receive more than $11 million. The funding is being provided under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

This round of NSP grants is being awarded to applicants who developed the most innovative ideas to rebuild local communities, while demonstrating that they have the capacity to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. A full list of grants awarded today can be found on HUD’s Recovery Act website.