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  • 3/26/10 Urban Affairs Newsletter

    Each week, please look out for the White House Office of Urban Affairs Newsletter, which provides information related to the Administration’s urban policy initiatives, funding opportunities, featured articles and upcoming events.

    Top News

    Housing Program Enhancements Offer Additional Options for Struggling Homeowners (Department of Housing and Urban Development): Today, as part of its ongoing commitment to continuously improve housing relief efforts, the Administration announced adjustments to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs. These program adjustments will better assist responsible homeowners who have been affected by the economic crisis through no fault of their own. The program modifications will expand flexibility for mortgage servicers and originators to assist more unemployed homeowners and to help more people who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth because their local markets saw large declines in home values. These changes will help the Administration meet its goal of stabilizing housing markets by offering a second chance to up to 3 to 4 million struggling homeowners through the end of 2012.

    Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum Attracts Record Number of Exhibitors and Visitors (U.N. Habitat): Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the key speaker on Monday, kicking-off the Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janiero. With 110 exhibitors from 35 countries around the world and over 10,000 in attendance, this years event is being called by organizers the “best ever.”

    Public Housing Authorities Meet Critical Recovery Act Deadline, Create Jobs and Rehab Homes for Low-Income Families (Department of Housing and Urban Development): On Wednesday, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that over 3,100 public housing authorities across the U.S. successfully met a critical funding deadline outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). As a result, the nearly $3 billion in Public Housing Capital Fund grants awarded one year ago are being used to make significant improvements to tens of thousands of public housing units nationwide; creating or saving 9,000 jobs and growing the economy. HUD's Capital Fund Program provides annual funding to public housing authorities to develop, finance, and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. 

    Education Secretary Issues Statement on The Nation's Report Card in Reading for 4th, 8th Graders (Department of Education): On Wednesday Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that more must be done to close the achievement gap in America and ensure that all children are offered a quality education. Secretary Duncan stated that “results once again show that the achievement of American students isn’t growing fast enough. After modest gains in recent years, 4th grade reading scores are flat and 8th grade scores were up just one point. The achievement gap didn’t narrow by a statistically significant amount in either grade.”

    EPA Report: Redevelopment Continues in Urban Neighborhoods / Smart Growth Strategies Emphasize Reuse of Land (Environmental Protection Agency):An updated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report shows a continuing shift in development toward urban neighborhoods in the United States, despite a slow real estate market. This trend, described in EPA’s 2010 report, “Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions,” shows that redevelopment continues in many urban neighborhoods. Taking advantage of opportunities to reuse land and to redevelop underused sites is a key smart growth strategy. It helps communities protect natural lands from being developed, strengthens the local economy, and puts new homes, stores, and jobs within easy reach of surrounding neighborhoods.

    US Department of Labor Announces $12 Million in Funds for Prisoner Re-Entry Programs (Department of Labor): Additional funding to go to 24 groups who are currently operating prisoner re-entry programs through the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stated that this funding will help ex-offenders “re-enter society and transition to stable careers.” Today, rehabilitated ex-offenders are returning to communities across the country in record numbers.

    FEATURED

    Administration’s “Livability Initiatives” Featured (New York Times): In a New York Times article titled “‘Smart Growth’ Taking Hold in U.S. Cities,” the author sheds light on a new study that shows increased development in central cities. The study found that “central city” construction in 26 of America’s 50 largest  metropolitan areas outpaced suburban expansion. The study goes on to suggest that there has been a “fundamental shift” away from continued sprawl and toward urban redevelopment.

    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    $1.2 million in Recovery Act Funds to Assist Workers Impacted by Foreign Trade: Deadline April 14th (Department of Labor): One to four projects will be funded to provide technical assistance and outreach to dislocated workers impacted by foreign trade. Funding awarded through this competition will support grantees that provide direct training or technical assistance to ensure that Trade Adjustment Assistance petitions are complete and accurate. It also will allow organizations to improve the delivery of Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response services to trade-affected workers.

    Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring Program Grants: Deadline April 23rd (Office of National Drug Control Policy): An estimated 15 new mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year) to drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions from across the nation.

    Community-Based Job Training Grants (Department of Labor): The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $125 million in funds for Community-Based Job Training Grants. Community-Based Job Training Grants will be awarded through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth/high-demand industries through the national system of community, technical and tribal colleges.

    Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative:  Deadline May 6th (Department of Energy): This is the first pilot project of the Interagency Regional Innovation Clusters Taskforce (Taskforce). The Taskforce has been charged with developing a model for coordinated federal and regional efforts that foster and use regional innovation clusters to develop sustainable and efficient models for attaining national strategic objectives including creating good jobs, increasing regional gross domestic product and promoting innovation in science and technology.

    Investing in Innovation (i3) Program: Deadline May 11th (Department of Education): The Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Program will support local districts and nonprofit organizations—working in partnership with several districts and/or several schools—as they seek to implement educational innovations with promising or demonstrated effective outcomes for students.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    April 6th
    The Philadelphia Economic Recovery Procurement Summit will be held on April 6th from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM in Philadelphia, PA. The summit will help connect minority - and women-owned businesses to Recovery Act job opportunities.

    April 26th-27th
    Registration is now open for The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington, D.C.

  • World Urban Forum 2010: Live Update

    As Special Assistant to the President for Urban Policy and a member of the Urban Affairs team, I am honored to be part of the United States delegation to the fifth World Urban Forum. We’ve had a very productive few days of bi-lateral meetings and panel discussions, and even some spontaneous run-in conversations with premier urban thinkers from around the world. Our bi-lateral meetings with Mexico and Spain were particularly productive, and I am looking forward to opportunities to collaborate with them in the future. Indeed, the energy and excitement here is palpable. Many great minds are gathered in one place, over 18,000 people,  to address the pressing issues facing cities worldwide.

    With over half of the world population living in cities, the challenges facing countries like Brazil, India, and the United States are increasingly similar: addressing how to develop and maintain transportation infrastructure; building and preserving safe, affordable housing connected to public transit; reducing crime and improving access to fresh food so that cities offer safe, healthy neighborhoods for families and children; and implementing environmentally-sustainable solutions that create jobs while reducing our carbon footprint.

    This forum gives us an opportunity to listen and learn from other countries, and to discuss our own programs and experiences in American cities. Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, spoke on “Bridging the Urban Divide: Equality in Housing and Urban Services and Taking Forward the Housing Agenda,” and I spoke on “Reimagining Older Industrial Cities: Perspectives from the United States, Brazil, and Italy.”  No one wants to recreate the wheel. People are eager to learn what works and what doesn’t. So it’s encouraging to know that renowned urban thinkers from all over the world are so interested in this Administration’s approach to urban development, especially the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership between HUD, Transportation, and EPA.

    The initiative coordinates federal policies, programs, and resources from these agencies and finally links transportation funding with land-use and the environmental impact associated with development. This fully assists cities, metros and rural areas to build more livable and sustainable communities – so that jobs and commerce are located near housing and recreation, so that folks could get around without cars if they so choose, so that our children have bike paths and parks nearby to run around and play with their friends, and so that we can walk our kids to school and buy groceries without pulling out of the driveway.

    This forum offers us the opportunity to promote these growth principles internationally, so that our neighbors avoid sprawl and are able to develop in smart, sustainable ways. Ultimately, this is in the best interest of the United States, so we can have stable international partners with robust markets to trade with and visit.

    Since I arrived, I’ve spoken to delegates from Brazil, China, Mexico, Spain, and Italy on this issue and I attended a Global Compact Cities Program on how to effectively incorporate sustainability into urban governance. These dialogues go hand in hand with the Sustainable Communities Initiative, and I plan to continue these conversations when I return to Washington.

    The forum is off to a great start, and I’m looking forward to productive days ahead as we discuss new and old ideas on how to address these historic problems facing our cities.

    Derek Douglas is Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy

  • 3/19/2010 Urban Affairs Newsletter

    Each week, please look out for the White House Office of Urban Affairs Newsletter, which provides information related to the Administration’s urban policy initiatives, funding opportunities, featured articles and upcoming events.

    Top News

    Vice President Biden Announces 10,000 Recovery Act Transportation Projects Now Under Way (WhiteHouse.gov): As spring construction season begins, active transportation projects totaling $29.8 billion are creating jobs across the country. The Vice President made this announcement as part of a visit to North Carolina -- the state where the 10,000th project, the Sanford Bypass, will break ground. 

    Spurring Job Growth in the Private Sector (WhiteHouse.gov): President Obama signs the HIRE Act, a jobs bill that offers incentives for businesses to hire new workers, and invest in their companies and communities. The bill includes $20 billion for highway and transit programs.

    US Department of Labor Releases Report on Youth Summer Jobs Initiative (Department of Labor): A report released recently by the U.S. Department of Labor found that the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative was largely successful in connecting young workers with employment experiences. Overall, 317,000 young people took part in the initiative.

    Task Force on Childhood Obesity (WhiteHouse.gov): Across our country, childhood obesity has reached epidemic rates and, as a result, our children may live shorter lives than their parents. That’s why President Obama has created a task force to develop an action plan for how federal, state, and local governments, along with the private and nonprofit sectors, can come together and take specific steps to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

    Featured

    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrión Speaks to the New Democratic Network (ndn.org): Director Adolfo Carrión offers remarks to the NDN community on the 2010 Census, housing, education and the effects of urban policy on Latino communities.

    Federal Agencies Launch Website To Highlight U.S. Participation in the World Urban Forum (Department of Housing and Urban Development): Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan heads the U.S. Delegation to the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Joined by the State Department, and the White House Office of Urban Affairs, delegation principals spoke to the Foreign Press about our nation’s leadership on urban policy and sustainability.

    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrión Speaks to the National League of Cities (nlctv.org): Director Adolfo Carrión recently delivered a keynote speech before a group of urban advocates at the NLC’s Congressional City Conference.

    Funding Opportunities

    New Announcement: Community-Based Job Training Grants (Department of Labor): The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of approximately $125 million in funds for Community-Based Job Training Grants. Community-Based Job Training Grants will be awarded through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth/high-demand industries through the national system of community, technical and tribal colleges.

    New Announcement: $1.2 million in Recovery Act Funds to Assist Workers Impacted by Foreign Trade (Department of Labor): One to four projects will be funded to provide technical assistance and outreach to dislocated workers impacted by foreign trade. Funding awarded through this competition will support grantees that provide direct training or technical assistance to ensure that Trade Adjustment Assistance petitions are complete and accurate. It also will allow organizations to improve the delivery of Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response services to trade-affected workers.

    Investing in Innovation (i3) Program: Deadline May 11th (Department of Education): The Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Program will support local districts and nonprofit organizations—working in partnership with several districts and/or several schools—as they seek to implement educational innovations with promising or demonstrated effective outcomes for students.

    Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative:  Deadline May 6th (Department of Energy): This is the first pilot project of the Interagency Regional Innovation Clusters Taskforce (Taskforce). The Taskforce has been charged with developing a model for coordinated federal and regional efforts that foster and use regional innovation clusters to develop sustainable and efficient models for attaining national strategic objectives including creating good jobs, increasing regional gross domestic product and promoting innovation in science and technology.

    Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring Program Grants: Deadline April 23rd (Office of National Drug Control Policy): An estimated 15 new mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year) to drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions from across the nation.

    Upcoming Events

    March 22 - 24
    The Economic Development Administration will host the 2010 EDA Philadelphia Economic Development Regional Training Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. This year’s event is themed "Building Strong Economies through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness."

    March 24th
    Director Adolfo Carrión will participate in two plenary sessions at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janiero on the theme: “Equal Access to Shelter & Basic Urban Services” and “Taking Forward the Housing Agenda.”

    Urban Policy Director Derek Douglas will participate in the Networking session entitled, “Reimagining Older Industrial Cities:  Perspectives From The US, Germany, and Italy.”

    Urban Affairs Associate Director Alaina Beverly will speak at a networking event entitled: “Enhancing Sustainable Communities and Food Security through Urban/Peri-urban Agriculture and Strengthened Rural-Urban Linkages.”

  • 3/12/2010 Urban Affairs Newsletter

    Each week, please look out for the White House Office of Urban Affairs Newsletter, which provides information related to the Administration’s urban policy initiatives, funding opportunities, featured articles and upcoming events.

    Top News

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson: “Environmental Protection is Good for Economic Growth” (Environmental Protection Agency): EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson discussed the agency’s seven key priorities and the strong connection between environmental protection and economic prosperity in a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday. She urged attendees to “put to rest the notion that economic growth and environmental protection are incompatible.”

    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Visits Baltimore for a Site Visit to City Arts (National Endowment for the Arts): Development in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District moves forward thanks to $2.6 million in Recovery Act funding set aside for affordable housing development. Secretary Donovan spoke at the site of the City Arts development, a complex comprised of 69 rental units that will be targeted to low- and moderate-income artists, with 11 units reserved for non-elderly disabled persons from the Public Housing Waiting List. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landsman attended the event, commended HUD on this project and noted that “the arts are a force of social cohesion, civic engagement, and economic revitalization.”

    U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd Promises to Promote “Smart Growth” Housing Plans (Hartford Courant): On Monday, Senator Dodd (D-CT) “promised that he'll step up his work for a law to promote networks of affordable housing and mass transit.”  Flanked by staff from HUD, DOT and EPA, Dodd told an audience of 250 housing and transit advocates that the “country needs this $4 billion plan to help communities develop ‘smart growth’ plans.” 

    Secretary Solis Announces Administration’s Support for Another $2 billion in Training and Youth Employment (Department of Labor): Secretary Solis testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on FY2011 Budget. She presented the department’s fiscal year 2011 budget request and highlighted why the funding is vital to the nation’s ongoing economic recovery. "This administration wants to ensure that investments in job creation will continue until the labor market fully recovers from the economic downturn," said Secretary Solis. "Workers and their families are hurting in these tough economic times. We know that job opportunities and economic security are of utmost importance to Americans."

    Treasury Ass’t Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael S. Barr Testifies Before the House Financial Services Committee on the Ability of Community Development Finance Initiatives (CDFI’s) to Serve Lower-Income, Underserved and Minority Communities (Department of the Treasury): “As we seek an economic recovery that reaches communities across America, CDFIs are a critically important piece of our broader commitment to an inclusive recovery.  CDFIs provide capital, credit, and financial services to hard-to-reach communities and underserved populations.  In both rural and urban America, CDFIs are assisting the entrepreneurs and small businesses that are vital engines of economic growth.”

    Featured

    Mrs. Obama Takes on Childhood Obesity (White House): The First Lady has brought attention to America’s grocery-free zones, what she calls “food deserts,” that exist in both poor urban neighborhoods and sparsely populated rural areas. In an effort to make healthy food accessible to all Americans, President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget proposes $400 million in financing to help bring grocery stores to underserved areas and help small shops and corner stores carry healthier items.

    Funding Opportunities

    HUD Wraps Up the Sustainable Communities Listening Tour (Department of Housing and Urban Development): HUD officials seek input from community stakeholders on how to structure the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program so as to have meaningful impact on sustainable regional planning.  The final day for additional comments on the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program is today, March 12th. Please visit HUD’s website.

    Investing in Innovation (i3) Program Funds Available (Department of Education): The Department of Education recently announced the availability of the grant application for the highly anticipated Investing in Innovation (i3) Program.  These grants will support local districts and nonprofit organizations—working in partnership with several districts and/or several schools—as they seek to implement educational innovations with promising or demonstrated effective outcomes for students. Competitive grants will be awarded to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on: improving student achievement or student growth; closing achievement gaps; decreasing dropout rates; increasing high school graduation rates; or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

    Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative:  Deadline May 6th (Department of Energy):  This is the first pilot project of the Interagency Regional Innovation Clusters Taskforce (Taskforce). The Taskforce has been charged with developing a model for coordinated federal and regional efforts that foster and use regional innovation clusters to develop sustainable and efficient models for attaining national strategic objectives including creating good jobs, increasing regional gross domestic product and promoting innovation in science and technology.

    Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring Program Grants: Deadline April 23rd (Office of National Drug Control Policy): An estimated 15 new mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year) to drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions from across the nation.

    Upcoming Events

    March 15th —
    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak at the National League of Cities Diversity Breakfast.

    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak at a press conference at the Foreign Press Center on the World Urban Forum.

    The Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau is hosting a series of webinars called “Why is Green Good for Women?” to discuss opportunities for women in green occupations and key reasons for women to seek employment or career advancement in green jobs, including examples from the field.

    March 16th  —
    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak at the National League of Cities General Session, alongside Secretary Vilsack, Administrator Mills, and Secretary Locke.

    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak at NDN on the Census, Housing and Education.

    March 17th —
    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak to the National Recreation and Parks Association.

    March 18th —
    WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Carrion will speak at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council annual meeting..

    March 22nd-24th —
    The Economic Development Administration will host the 2010 EDA Philadelphia Economic Development Regional Training Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. This year’s event is themed "Building Strong Economies through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness." 

     

     

  • World Urban Forum 2010: "In Conversation with Adolfo Carrión, Jr."

    What do you and the White House Office of Urban Affairs hope to contribute to this event?
    This forum gives us the opportunity to share the American urban experience, from its rapid 20th century decentralization to its 21st century reconstitution as vibrant metropolitan regions.  The White House Office of Urban Affairs is advancing President Obama’s vision of making metropolitan regions more competitive, equitable, livable and sustainable. I will share our experience in coordinating a federal urban strategy and the successes and challenges we have encountered.

    Why is it important to the U.S. to participate in this forum?
    Just as the rest of the world, we are increasingly concentrated in cities and metropolitan areas.  Today, 83% of our population and 90% of our economic output is in rapidly growing metro areas. This trend is only expected to increase.  By 2050, the United States will need to build 200 billion square feet of space to accommodate 120 million more people in homes, schools and places of business. We all have a responsibility to come together to face these challenges and build sustainable infrastructure platforms that will support quality living in an increasingly interconnected world.

    How is the U.S. working to “Bridge the Urban Divide”?
    American cities have been engines of innovation and economic opportunity, but they’re also places where pockets of poverty and inequality have persisted.  President Obama understands we must invest in smarter ways to build strong metropolitan economies, supported by sustainable transportation and land use, and neighborhoods that prepare every child to be a productive citizen.  This requires a new approach that brings everyone to the table, not just those with the resources to control the agenda. To bridge the urban divide we are investing in education, quality affordable housing, ensuring access to health care, building a smarter and cleaner energy grid, and reforming the financial system. 

    Juan Cuba is an Assistant in the White House Office of Urban Affairs

  • 3/05/2010 Urban Affairs Newsletter

    Each week, please look out for the White House Office of Urban Affairs Newsletter, which provides information related to the Administration’s urban policy initiatives, funding opportunities, featured articles and upcoming events.

    Top News

    President Obama Speaks on Jobs, Energy and Strengthening the Economy (Coastal Courier.com): President Obama spent the day in the Savannah area on Tuesday speaking to Georgians about the challenges they face and listening to their ideas for working together to turn the economy around. At Savannah Technical College, the President met with leaders of an innovative job-training initiative that puts at-risk students through a combined GED/construction program and prepares them for quality jobs in the construction industry. At a town hall meeting that followed a tour of the facilities, President Obama promoted the “Cash for Caukers” program, which rewards homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient, and acknowledged the work of Youth Build and Savannah Tech in preparing students for the clean energy construction jobs of the future.

    Vice President Biden Announces States Meet Deadline to Put 100 Percent of Recovery Act Highway Dollars to Work (Department of Transportation): On Monday, at a Recovery Act construction site outside Orlando, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that every state and the District of Columbia met the March 2nd Recovery Act deadline to “obligate” 100 percent of their highway Recovery funds.  Once funds are obligated to a project, contracts can be bid upon, workers can be hired, equipment and supplies can be purchased and work can begin on construction projects that create jobs and drive economic growth.  Every state met the target by February 26th, putting a total of $26.6 billion to work on some 12,000 highway projects nationwide.

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $1.1 Million Grant to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy in Attala County, MS (Economic Development Association): On March 1st, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a $1.1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Attala County, Miss., to help build a business incubator facility as part of the Kosciusko-Attala County Technology, Training and Jobs Center. The project is expected to create 382 jobs and generate $19.6 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

    HUD Announces $13 Million in Grants to Protect Thousands of Children from Lead Paint and Other Hazards in Their Homes (Department of Housing and Urban Development): The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $13 million in grants to 25 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities that include eliminating lead and housing-related hazards in thousands of homes; training workers in lead and healthy homes interventions; supporting research to improve home safety efforts; increasing public awareness; and evaluating outreach on controlling housing-based hazards. A complete project-by-project summary of grants can be found on HUD's website.

    Featured

    Stimulus in Action: Federal Officials Tour Oakland Sites (InsideBayArea.com): WH Office of Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion traveled to Oakland, CA with HUD Deputy Ron Sims and U.S. Minority Business Development Agency Director David Hinson to meet with local officials and community leaders and tour stimulus projects that are saving jobs and creating opportunities for Oakland residents.

    Funding Opportunities

    More than $1.1 Million in Grants for Community-Based Drug Prevention Coalitions (Office of National Drug Control Policy): The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is announcing the availability of more than $1.1 million for new Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring program grants. An estimated 15 new Mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year) to drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions from across the nation.

    Upcoming Events

    March 5th: Director Adolfo Carrion will speak at the County Executives of America annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C.

    March 8th: Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, WHOUA Director Adolfo Carrion, and WHOUA Associate Director Alaina Beverly will speak at the National Association of County Officials’ (NACO) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    March 10th: The White House Office of Urban Affairs will join Next American City in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the launch of the magazine’s 26th issue.

    March 11th: U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks your input on the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program! A webcast Listening Session will stream live on March 11th from 1:00-2:00pm and is open to everyone. A full list of events can be found on HUD’s website.

    Alaina Beverly is the Associate Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs