Fort Wayne Housing Authority Receives Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

January 9, 2023


The unprecedented investment will improve the quality of life for
FWHA public housing residents

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that Fort Wayne Housing Authority has been
selected to receive a $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant. The grant will
bring together local partners to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization
plan that will redevelop Tall Oaks Apartments and the surrounding southeast Fort
Wayne community. The funds will provide neighborhood enhancements that will
improve outcomes for education, health care, the workforce, the economy, and the
overall quality of life for residents.

Tall Oaks Apartments is more than 50 years old and lacks the amenities and updates to
reflect today’s housing options. However, the neighborhood has assets to build upon,
including community institutions, faith centers, academic facilities, and an engaged
resident community. The funding will focus on equitably and holistically addressing the
challenges within the area while uplifting and encouraging the potential assets of
southeast Fort Wayne.

“This award will provide Fort Wayne Housing Authority, the City of Fort Wayne, residents,
and stakeholders an opportunity to bring the community and planning partners
together to create a viable and actionable Transformation Plan for southeast Fort
Wayne,” said George Guy, Fort Wayne Housing Authority president and CEO. “The board
and staff of Fort Wayne Housing Authority see this as a unique once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to revitalize an important neighborhood in our community through housing
investments, enhanced services for our residents, and physical neighborhood
improvements,” he added.

Since its founding, the Choice Neighborhoods program, along with the private and
public leverage it attracts, has collectively invested more than $5 billion into historically
disinvested communities. To review descriptions of the awards and to see the full list of
recipients and grant summaries, visit

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