Butterfield Applauds New Bern's Receipt of $400,000 HUD Planning Grant for Five Points District

Nov 22, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded the award of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to the New Bern Housing Authority and the City of New Bern, North Carolina in the amount of $400,000.  The grant will be used to develop New Bern’s Five Points commercial area and surrounding residential neighborhood, which was once a thriving community, but in recent years have experienced economic challenges, high unemployment rate, and an above average violent crime rate.

“This grant is essential to revitalizing and rebranding the Five Points corridor, which in its heyday was a vibrant community of mixed-income families, retail shops and restaurants, and several other amenities,” said Congressman Butterfield.  “The partnership between the New Bern Housing Authority, the City, and its key sponsors will help this community realize its full potential while also spurring economic development and improving the quality of life of its residents.  I thank U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan for selecting New Bern as a grant recipient.” 

The grantees will work together to develop a comprehensive approach to transform the Five Points neighborhood, redevelop its distressed Trent Court and Craven Terrace public housing, and serve the needs of the Greater Five Points residents, which includes education, employment, better health outcomes, community services, and recreation.  The proposed plan will build on the neighborhood’s assets, including its proximity to the waterfront, two parks, and anchor institution Carolina East Medical Center.

The New Bern Housing Authority and the City of New Bern are one of only nine applicants selected for the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant. 

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods.  To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan.  The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

For more information on HUD Planning Grants, visit here.  Specific information on New Bern’s award can be found here.