WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four organizations in Alaska are among the finalists for the ''Best of the Best'' awards from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The awards honor agencies for their exemplary use of HUD funds and innovative methods to make a difference in the lives of some of the neediest Americans, said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.
The federal agency received more than 2,800 nominations which were whittled down to about 400 finalists. The top 100 finalists will be recognized for excellence at a special symposium in Washington, D.C. in August.
The four Alaska groups to make the finals are: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's HOME Opportunity program -- a statewide program to promote affordable housing; the State of Alaska's Construction Management Training and Technical Assistance -- a statewide program to provide financial resources and planning; Bristol Bay Housing Authority's Grandma's House -- a home for elders in Dillingham; and Executive Estates Neighborhood Networks Center, a computer lab for low-income Alaskans.
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