HUD Secretary Touts ‘Millions And Millions Of Dollars’ Coming To Birmingham For Infrastructure

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Loveman Village being rebuilt to be Villas at Titusville.

Loveman Village being rebuilt to be Villas at Titusville.

Cody Short, WBHM

One day after the Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge visited Birmingham Wednesday, promoting how the Magic City could benefit from the bipartisan plan.

Fudge’s visit focused on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, which includes investment in affordable housing. The secretary, who was joined by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Congresswoman Terri Sewell, spent time at two public housing communities: Southtown Court and Villas at Titusville.

Fudge said equity must be a consideration when addressing housing disparities.

“We know that systemic racism has done a great damage to this country and to cities like Birmingham,” Fudge said.

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge

Cody Short,WBHM
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge at Villas at Titusville.

Over the last few years, Birmingham has seen an increase in redevelopments and revitalization. Those new developments include rebuilding one of the country’s oldest public housing communities, Loveman Village on Birmingham’s west side. Loveman is now being re-built into Villas at Titusville, for 164 families.

Fudge said as a larger city, Birmingham would have priority to receive funding from the infrastructure bill.

Through the HUD’s grant program, Birmingham can receive “millions and millions of dollars,” according to Fudge.

 

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