Birmingham, AL – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will soon be releasing more than four million dollars in grants for Jefferson County. The HUD grants are part of an effort to help create home ownership opportunities for county residents. More than two-point-five million dollars are from the Community Development Block Grants. Those grants provide housing and economic opportunities for low and moderate-income individuals. Almost 95 thousand dollars will also go to the Emergency Shelter Grant Program to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.