Washington, D.C. –U.S Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan urging his support for Ohio applicants to the second Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), which will provide targeted emergency assistance to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties.

“Major corporations are either leaving the state or simply closing their doors, causing once stable and prospering communities to struggle,” Brown wrote in his letter to Sec. Donovan. “The first Neighborhood Stabilization Program created by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was a good first step in helping Ohio communities rebuild.”

Brown led the fight in Congress for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to include funding for community development. In the letter, Brown emphasized Ohio’s unique opportunity to access a portion of the $1.93 billion available through NSP2 grants.

“Ohio has submitted 15 applications for NSP2 grants. As HUD reviews each of these applications, I am confident that it will find these plans closely aligned with the goals of NSP2,” Brown wrote.

Please see attached file for full text of the Senator's letter.