The City of New Bern announced it was one of two cities statewide to earn a grant to help revive public housing in an area where the crime rate is triple of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grant, valued at $400,000, will be used to refresh Craven Terrace and Trent Court.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said funding will also go toward community services in the Greater Five Points area of New Bern, build on local parks and water access, and work to reconnect the area with the rest of downtown New Bern.
The department noted there is a discrepancy between the Greater Five Points area and the rest of downtown, as the Greater Five Points area has a high unemployment rate coupled with a high teen pregnancy rate.
The City of New Bern said Representative G.K. Butterfield will be present to talk about the grant at the Administrative Office of the Housing Authority in New Bern on Tuesday morning.
WInston Salem also received the grant, according to the City of New Bern. North Carolina was the only state with two cities chosen to cash in on the grant.