CLPHA is hosting a briefing webinar for members on the White House’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) and the Promise Zones Initiative. There has been a renewed federal focus upon place-based strategies to revitalize communities and create individual opportunity, and this webinar will explore opportunities for housing authorities’ communities that might be available through additional federal partnerships. NRI engages the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC); White House Office of Urban Affairs (WHOUA); and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (ED), Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury in support of local solutions to revitalize and transform neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
In 2010, the White House launched the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, an interagency collaborative that aims to create neighborhoods of opportunity throughout cities and metropolitan areas by coordinating federal policies and programs to design a holistic effort that will maximize life outcomes for low-income children no matter where they live, whether in inner city neighborhoods or struggling parts of older suburbs. At its core, this effort serves to align federal housing programs (e.g., Choice Neighborhoods) with federal education programs, health services, and public safety initiatives.
Promise Zones Initiative
The Promise Zones Initiative aims to revitalize high-poverty communities across the country by attracting private investment, improving affordable housing, expanding educational opportunities, providing tax incentives for hiring workers and investing in the Zones, reducing violence, and assisting local leaders in navigating federal programs and cutting through red tape. The Promise Zones Initiative builds upon the following federal programs and investments: Promise Neighborhoods (education), Choice Neighborhoods (neighborhood revitalization), Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grants (public safety). Additionally, similarly to Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), federal agency personnel will be deployed to partner with distressed communities to provide technical expertise, help the communities identify ways to leverage existing federal investments to improve community outcomes, and help build the capacity of local government.
Please RSVP so we know whom to expect as part of the discussion. If you are unable to participate in the call but would like to discuss these initiatives, please contact CLPHA Director of Special Projects Carmen Brick.