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Trenton Housing Authority and City of Trenton Awarded $1.3 Million
Release Date: September 30, 2019

Trenton Housing Authority and City of Trenton Awarded $1.3 Million

Grant will Jumpstart Revamp of Donnelly Homes

Trenton N.J. – The Trenton Housing Authority (THA) and the City of Trenton have been awarded $1.3 million 2019 Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant to support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood Transformation Plan and to catalyze change for Donnelly Homes in the North Trenton-Battle Monument neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to be selected for this prestigious grant, but the real winners are the residents of our communities” said Jelani Garrett, Executive Director of the THA. “The competition is fierce for the Choice Neighborhoods grants. Our team pulled together to craft an amazing grant proposal. We would not have been successful without the collaboration of a myriad of community partners who are committed to improving the quality of life in Trenton.  We are determined to be actively engaged in the revitalization of Trenton’s neighborhoods. This grant will help make it happen.”

“THA and our own Housing and Economic Development Department deserve a round of applause for what they’ve achieved here.” Asserted Mayor Reed Gusciora. “We’re building the Fed’s faith in us. Time and time again we have been able to prove that investing in Trenton is the right decision. I cannot wait to see how this transforms not only Donnelly Homes, but the neighborhood at-large.”

The THA’s application was chosen among 20 competing projects from across the nation, winning a quarter of the total $5.15 million in grant funds. The committee governing the Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action grant commended the Donnelley Homes project as “a viable, feasible approach to plan for neighborhood transformation.”

Planning and Action Grants enable communities to create a rigorously-developed plan and build the support necessary for neighborhood transformation to be successful. In addition to the planning process, the Planning and Action Grant supports innovative community and economic development activities that enhance and accelerate neighborhood change.

About the Trenton Housing Authority

The THA is an autonomous body that is chartered by the City of Trenton in accord with State enabling legislation. THA is partially funded, with capital grants and operating subsidies, by the federal government through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The THA is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. Five of the Commissioners are appointed by the Council of the City of Trenton, one is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Trenton and one is appointed by the Governor of the State of New Jersey. Commissioners are appointed for five-year terms. The THA is committed to providing decent, safe and sanitary housing that is thoroughly constructed, carefully maintained and expertly managed. THA seeks to identify projects that have the potential to act as a catalyst for the revitalization of neighborhoods in the City of Trenton. THA promotes self-sufficiency among the families that reside in its communities by partnering with local agencies and organizations to provide education, training, employment and business opportunities for its residents. To learn more, visit http://www.tha-nj.org/.


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