Has Your PHA Considered Applying for the Choice Neighborhoods Program?
As a central part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), “Choice Neighborhoods” is a HUD program that supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation.
Urban Awareness USA helps local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood.
HUD’s “Choice Neighborhoods” grant is focused on three core goals:
- Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
- People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and
- Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
To achieve these core goals, HUD asks applicants to develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. To implement their plan, HUD requires that applicants work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic organizations), and individuals to gather and leverage resources needed to support the financial sustainability of the plan.
HUD provides Implementation Grants to support those applicants that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood.
If you are considering applying for Choice Neighborhood funding contact Urban Awareness USA to help develop your plan and build support and involvement from your community.