HUD Delivers $22 Million to Dallas Housing Authority For Beleagured Turner Courts
As in: "Turner Courts is 'severely distressed' and requires total demolition and reconstruction. And: It suffers from "elevated rates of vandalism and criminal activity." And: "Original design and the age of the structures rendered the long standing 'band aid' repair approach to be futile." For months, the city's been waiting for big help -- as in, big-money help from the feds. It applied for a HOPE VI Revitalization Program grant and hoped for the best.
And, indeed, today it got the good news: The AP directs our attention to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan's announcement moments ago that the Dallas Housing Authority will indeed "receive $22,000,000 to revitalize the Turner Courts public housing development." Turner Courts was among six projects awarded HUD money today. Forty-four applied, and the feds says they went with projects that had "redevelopment effort[s] with early childhood education programs." I've tried reaching DHA officials, including newly installed chief executive officer Mary Ann Russ, but that may be the worst voice-mail system in the history of phone calls.