Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge

Posted on January 17, 2020

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The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies is excited to be a partner on a two-year award to Guilford County schools. The Fannie Mae Challenge $500,000 award will be used to promote construction trades and develop a pipeline to well-paying jobs while also addressing issues of housing repair in our community. Guilford County Schools was one of five groups nationwide to be awarded a contract in phase three of the Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge.

The “Safer Together Green Housing” is an ambitious project that will require collaboration between Cone Health, the City of Greensboro, the Greensboro Housing Coalition, the Regional Council of Governments and two research centers at UNCG. It will act as an extension of the work that the Invest Health project, sponsored by UNCG, has already done, which has led to over $4.5 million in neighborhood revitalization projects.

Once in place, ”Safer Together Green Housing” will aim to rehab 40 homes every year, and plans to grow the CTE construction program to graduate approximately 100 students annually from at least five schools in GCS and provide a model for countless public school districts across the country.

Read more at in this Greensboro New and Record article by Jessie Pounds, Jan 15, 2020: Guilford schools win $500K contract from Fannie Mae; students learning trades will earn money repairing local substandard housing

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