Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Learn more about Community Improvements in Boston’s Choice Neighborhood

Choice Neighborhoods, a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is designed to not only revitalize distressed public or HUD assisted housing, but to also transform the entire community in which the housing is located. The program brings together stakeholders such as residents, local leaders, schools, private developers, nonprofits and cities to create and execute a vision for the entire neighborhood surrounding public housing or HUD-assisted housing.

To ensure the holistic transformation of neighborhoods, Choice implementation grantees receive Critical Community Improvement (CCI) funds of up to 15% of their total award to create projects that will improve community assets and transform blighted conditions.

As we shared in a blog post in April 2014, the details of Boston Choice Neighborhood’s innovative use of the CCI funds through a consensus driven process was featured in a Choice Neighborhoods Promising Practice Guide. As a follow up to the guide, we will be hosting a webinar featuring presenters from the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to discuss:

         Choice Neighborhoods’ focus on community transformation, with revitalized housing as a central component
         How Boston’s leveraged their Critical Community Improvement funds to develop creative neighborhood improvements
         Identify “lessons learned” helpful for other communities

Register here to join this important presentation and discussion on July 16, 2014 at 2 PM EST.    

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