Tulane University Receives $300,000 HUD Grant

March 15, 2006

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane University's School of Architecture received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday to help rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The HUD funding was distributed through the Universities Rebuilding America Partnership Community Design program, which provides funds to schools in communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Tulane plans to use the funding to develop the Tulane URBANbuild Program. URBANbuild, to be located in downtown New Orleans, is an outreach community design and construction program for post-Katrina reconstruction efforts in the Greater New Orleans area. The program will provide quality affordable housing to traditionally underserved communities and will create solutions to rehabilitate and revitalize areas of the city historically dominated by blight and abandonment.

Ila Berman, associate dean of the School of Architecture, grant writer and principal investigator on the project, will be co-directing the URBANbuild program with Byron Mouton, a Tulane clinical professor of architecture. During the two-year grant period, URBANbuild proposes to create 12 urban neighborhood plans for four target areas among the 72 identified pre-Katrina neighborhoods in New Orleans, design 16 multi-family housing prototypes, and design and build four new homes for the city.

Other partners in the Tulane URBANbuild program include Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. of New Orleans, Public Architecture of San Francisco, and the Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research. The program plans to publish the results of its activities in both web-based and print media formats for free distribution to neighborhood and governmental agencies throughout the city.

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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000