Mississippi town receives major HUD grant

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM)- A Mississippi town will receive an unprecedented grant from Housing and Urban Development.

During the Mississippi Annual Housing and Community Development Conference, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center more than a $1 million was awarded to the Community Student's Learning Center in Lexington to address distressed housing conditions and poverty.

HUD's Region Four Administrator, Ed Jennings, Jr. presented the Rural Innovation Fund Comprehensive Grant to the center's Empowering the Delta with a Growing Economy Project.

Jennings said the application process was highly competitive, but the town's proposal to better their community made it the best recipient of the money.

"Hundreds of Mississippians are going to have the opportunity to get access to healthcare, receive housing counseling, job training. In the last decade we have created some 12,000 jobs with this renovation fund. Hundreds of applicants around the country applied. This is a comprehensive grant. Many people received $300,000 , but they received $2 million from the Obama administration," said Jennings.

The Community Students Learning Center in Lexington will partner with Jackson State University, MS Delta Win Center, Bank Plus and several other agencies.

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