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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $5.5 million to a pair of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for research into housing and community development issues.

Texas Southern University received $3 million for the expansion of its Center of Excellence for Housing and Community Development Policy Research, which focuses on housing security and stability, individual and community wealth building and addressing systemic inequity that impacts underserved communities.

North Carolina A&T University was awarded $2.5 million to establish a center with research that will focus on the production of affordable housing, homeownership, renewable energy, sustainable communities and post-disaster recovery.

“HBCUs create economic opportunity both for their students and throughout the communities they serve,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge in a press statement. “At HUD, we are proud to partner with HBCUs to expand the voices in the housing research space to support strong communities, build affordable housing, create job opportunities, revitalize neighborhoods, and promote homeownership. This funding will bolster efforts HBCUs are making to expand opportunities for underserved communities and strengthen community development.”