Neighborhood in Bloom program wins HUD award

05/27/2006 6:55 AM by

Richmond’s Neighborhoods in Bloom program has been awarded HUD’s annual “opportunity and empowerment” award.

The Neighborhoods in Bloom program, approved by City Council in 1999, has funneled $30 million in federal aid to six neighborhoods — Blackwell, Carver-Newtowne West, central Church Hill, Highland Park-Southern Tip, Jackson Ward and Southern Barton Heights.

The agency cited a study commissioned last year by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond that found a substantial decrease in crime in the targeted neighborhoods — in some cases surpassing the city as a whole in the percentage drop in crime.

The study also found that housing values in the neighborhoods gained by 10 percent more than the city’s average.

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