HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Visit Norfolk, VA to Promote Opportunity Zones

April 04, 2018

President Trump’s tax reform law allows for disadvantaged areas to be designated as Opportunity Zones as a way to encourage investment and economic growth.

On Thursday, April 5, Dr. Ben Carson, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to tour areas that could qualify as Opportunity Zones with Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. Opportunity Zones are designed to encourage investment in disadvantaged communities across the country…

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Norfolk’s Plan for Public Housing is New, but its Roots Date Back Decades

February 22, 2018

The redevelopment of the St. Paul’s Quadrant – the 200-acre area north and east of Norfolk’s downtown that houses more than half of the city’s public housing – has been a controversial topic for years.

But Norfolk’s goal, replacing three public housing communities with mixed-income neighborhoods, fits a 30-year national trend of breaking up concentrations of the poorest citizens.

Some residents objected that a plan put forward by city staff last year hadn’t taken them into consideration. The City Council ordered staff to gather more input from the affected communities…

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