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U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development: Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

Deadline: August 12, 2014

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

  1. Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
  2. People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development(s) and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents’ health, safety, employment, mobility, and education; and
  3. Neighborhood: Transform distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.

To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. This Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

For FY2014, HUD will award two types of grants through the Choice Neighborhoods program: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants:

  1. Planning Grants assist communities in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
  2. Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood.

Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds include neighborhoods with:

  1. At least 20 percent of the households estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes; and
  2. That are experiencing distress related to one or more of the following: (a) high crime; or (b) high vacancy or substandard homes; or (c) inadequate schools. (See specific definitions in the RFP.)

Amount:  $5,000,000 for up to 10 planning grants.

Eligibility: County governments; City or township governments; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments); Nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) status. 

Linkhttp://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=2014CNPnofa.pdf (PDF file)

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