The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced awards totaling $5.5 million to establish or strengthen Centers of Excellence (COEs) conducting research in housing and community development.
The money — for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — was split between the two schools. Texas Southern University (TSU) received $3 million and North Carolina A&T University (NC A&T) received $2.5 million.
“HBCUs create economic opportunities for both their students and the communities they serve. At HUD, we are proud to partner with HBCUs to amplify the voices of housing research to support strong communities, build affordable housing, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and promote homeownership,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “This funding will strengthen the efforts of HBCUs to expand opportunities for underserved communities and strengthen community development.”
TSU will use the money to support its Center of Excellence for Housing and Community Development Policy Research (CEHCDPR), which will focus on research on building individual and community wealth, housing security and stability, and planning and infrastructure inequity in underserved communities.
NC A&T will contribute money to establish a center that will focus its research on affordable housing, homeownership, renewable energy, sustainable communities and disaster recovery.