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HACU Member Advisory--October 25, 2004

 

HSIs win $6.9 million in HUD grants

 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities applauds the award of $6.9 million in new grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to 12 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in five states – including 10 HACU-member HSIs.

 

The competitive grants were awarded to HSIs in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas to help rehabilitate low-income neighborhoods and offer new educational and community development opportunities through HUD’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) Program.

 

Projects funded by the new HSIAC grants for as much as $600,000 include: purchasing local property for community development purposes; clearance and demolition; rehabilitating neighborhood housing for low- and moderate-income people; homeownership assistance for low- and moderate-income residents; lead-based paint hazard reduction; economic development assistance; developing public facilities such as day care centers and career counseling.

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The 10 HACU-member HSIAC grant recipients are:

  • Central Arizona College in Arizona ($600,000)
  • Allan Hancock College in California ($600,000)
  • Imperial Valley College in California ($600,000)
  • West Hills Community College District in California ($365,303)
  • Adams State College in Colorado ($600,000)
  • Otero Junior College in Colorado ($596,709)
  • New Mexico State University ($600,000)
  • Northern New Mexico Community College ($600,000)
  • Houston Community College in Texas ($597,149)
  • University of Texas at El Paso ($599,539)

 

Two additional HSIs were awarded HSIAC grants: Santa Ana College in California ($600,000) and University of New Mexico-Taos ($600,000).

 

HACU is calling for substantial new funding increases for HUD’s HSIAC program for the FY 2006 funding cycle. Please join HACU by participating at HACU’s 2005 Capitol Forum April 2-5, 2005, in Washington, D.C. Please relay this HACU Member Advisory to your institution’s HUD program director and other federal grant program directors and senior staff and urge their attendance at next year’s critically timed Capitol Forum.

 

HACU is also seeking major, sustained new funding for HSIs through proposals that will be presented at the Capitol Forum to address the pending five-year reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

 

Early Capitol Forum registration discounts, online registration and other information will soon be available at www.hacu.net. Record participation by our HACU member and partner colleges and universities can make the difference in winning important new funding for your campus.

 

Additional information about HUD's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities program, administered through HUD's Office of University Partnerships, can be obtained at www.oup.org/about/hsiac.html.

 

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