From the Sacramento Business Journal:
In an environment with growing social needs and limited city and county resources, cross-sector collaborations are proving to be effective tools for changing lives and transforming communities. Sacramento’s designation in 2015 as a “promise zone” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is the catalyst for service expansion in Sacramento’s most economically distressed neighborhoods. Through the Promise Zone Initiative, the federal government works with local leaders and organizations to improve the quality of life for residents in underserved neighborhoods.
As one of 16 urban promise zones in the nation, Sacramento’s promise zone encompasses 22 square miles from Del Paso Heights in the north to The Avenues in the south. Among the 127,000 residents within the promise zone, 34% are living in poverty, 19% are unemployed and 63% of third graders are reading below grade level.
As lead agency for the Promise Zone Initiative, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency has grown the collaboration to more than 150 key partners over the past four years. The alliance has worked to improve educational outcomes, foster a sustainable economic base, accelerate job creation and support sustainably built communities.
Read the Sacramento Business Journal's article "Another Voice: Promise zone helps transform challenged neighborhoods," featuring the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.