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City receives federal grant to improve public housing

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Columbia is one of 17 communities across the country receiving millions of dollars in federal grants to improve public housing. 

The $250,000 grant will help revitalize the Gonzalez Gardens and Allen Benedict Court communities. The money will pay for planning to transform the communities from barracks-style buildings to single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the award of $4.95 million dollars in grants Friday through its Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.   The money will help revitalize public housing in poor, distressed, and crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Columbia was one of 72 communities who applied for the grants. Spartanburg also received grant money.

"Today is about celebrating a unique opportunity to improve our city's two oldest public housing developments and help revitalize our entire community," said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. "It's about standing together as one great Columbia and saying that we believe in this community, we believe in this city, we believe in the future and that future starts today."

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