Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 19, 2001

Planning Agencies, Students to Benefit from Grants Awarded To Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Department

Local planning agencies will benefit from two grants recently awarded to Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

A two-year $88,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will fund three professional internships for graduate students to work in local planning and community development organizations such as the Economic Vitality Corp., People's Self Help Housing, and San Luis Obispo city and county governments.

An award from the city of Arroyo Grande for $2,800 will help students in Cal Poly's intermediate environmental design studio develop options for a section of Grand Avenue bordering Grover Beach.

The grant from Arroyo Grande "demonstrates the city and regional planning program's effort to engage in education that has community benefit and strengthens the link between the university and the community," said project co-director and Professor Zeljka Howard.

The HUD award "will ensure a supply of qualified experts ready to meet the challenge of transforming communities into safe, vibrant environments," said City and Regional Planning Department Head Bill Siembieda, one of the internship program's directors.

The grant is for the Community Development Work-Study Program administered by HUD's Office of University Programs. Cal Poly and USC were the only two California universities to receive the highly competitive grant, according to Siembieda. Nationwide, 22 universities received funding.

"This award allows us to build stronger partnerships with local planning agencies and non-profit organizations that provide housing and economic development services to the Central Coast," Siembieda said. "The HUD grant will also greatly help economically disadvantaged students make the choice to study at a program recognized for academic excellence."

The City and Regional Planning Department is now recruiting for the HUD internships among students who will start the department's graduate program this fall. For more information on the grant and

internships, look at the department's Web page at

or contact Professor David Dubbink at (805) 756-1315 or

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design welcomes opportunities for community-university cooperation in the form of scholarships, grants and work-study internships. For more information, call Ray Ladd, the college's associate director of advancement, at 756-7432.

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