Obama administration official to be in St. Louis to announce major housing grant

A top Obama administration official will be in St. Louis Monday to announce a major federal grant meant to rehab a housing complex, build a community center and fund a suite of social services on the city’s near north side.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be in St. Louis to announce what is likely the final round of the administration’s Choice Neighborhoods grant program, a prestigious designation that has been awarded to a handful of cities and housing authorities since 2010.

It could be an important boost next to the future home of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters at Cass and Jefferson avenues.

St. Louis’s bid for $30 million in HUD money beat out 29 other cities to make the round of five finalists.

St. Louis, which partnered with housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar, St. Louis Public Schools, and human services coordinating firm Urban Strategies, expects to leverage some $75 million or more worth of services on top of the federal money.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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