BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has been awarded a $30 million federal grant that will support the city’s $889 million plan to revitalize three neighborhoods.

News outlets report the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant is being awarded to cities as part of the agency’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Department Mid-Atlantic regional administrator Joe DeFelice says the grants are used to replace distressed properties with mixed-income housing, encourage commercial activity and connect families with employment, health and education services.

The Baltimore Sun reports DeFelice announced the grant Thursday during a news conference with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

The money will help Baltimore’s effort to redevelop the 75-year-old Perkins Homes public housing development, the site of the former Somerset public housing development and Old Town. Pugh says the neighborhoods have been neglected for decades.

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