REIMAGINING OUR FUTURE
SMITHFIELD – COLLEGE HILLS – GRAYMONT
Alabama’s First Choice Neighborhood!
On July 26, 2023 HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visited Birmingham to announce the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and the City of Birmingham were awarded a $50M Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant focused on the Smithfield-College Hills-Graymont community. Birmingham is the first city in the state of Alabama to receive a Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HABD, the City, BCS, UAB and the United Way are working with national and local partners to revitalize the Smithfield Court public housing site and provide high quality housing options , social services and case management to public housing families and neighborhood investments totaling over $283M.
WHAT IS THE SMITHFIELD – COLLEGE HILLS – GRAYMONT INITIATIVE?
– A CHOICE COMMUNITY
HONORING THE PAST, ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
The Smithfield-College Hills-Graymont Choice Neighborhood initiative is a signature place-based approach that creates opportunities for residents, preserves affordable housing and rebuilds inclusive neighborhoods. The central focus point of this initiative is the Smithfield Court public housing community. The theme that runs throughout Choice Neighborhoods is social equity and economic mobility. HABD and the City are working with local, regional and federal partners to bring significant resources to the community.
This Initiative puts residents first and aligns partners and resources to invest in People/Education, Housing and Neighborhood.
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HOW WILL IT IMPROVE LIFE FOR SMITHFIELD - COLLEGE HILL - GRAYMONT RESIDENTS?
New apartments that are climate resilient with community amenities and for sale homes integrated into the neighborhood
High-quality education, workforce training, living wage jobs, wellness and quality healthcare
Parks and safe community spaces, shops and job centers, multi-modal, high tech connectivity
HABD and the City of Birmingham were awarded a HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant on July 26, 2023 in collaboration with Integral Development/Rule Enterprises, The Ascent Project, Birmingham City Schools, the University of Alabama, the United Way and other key stakeholders.
Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature program to rebuild neighborhoods,
preserve affordable housing and create better opportunities for residents. The Choice Team was awarded a $50M grant from HUD that will leverage over $900M in housing, people, education and community investments.
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative will rebuild the Smithfield Court public housing site with new mixed-income apartments. The Choice Neighborhood includes Smithfield- College Hills, and Graymont, bounded by north: Interstate 20:, east: 10th Street:, south: Graymont Avenue; west: Jasper Road.
Reimagining Smithfield Court and the Smithfield- College Hills, Graymont community, the Choice Team worked with residents and the community to develop a Revitalization Plan/ Choice Neighborhoods
application that serves as the guiding document for directing transformative change and investment to benefit existing residents.