Choice Neighborhoods Grant Program

 


Choice Neighborhoods grants transforms distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for access to high-quality educational opportunities, including early childhood education. Choice Neighborhoods grants build upon the successes of public housing transformation under HOPE VI to provide support for the preservation and rehabilitation of public and HUD-assisted housing, within the context of a broader approach to concentrated poverty. In addition to public housing authorities, the initiative will involve local governments, non-profits, and for-profit developers in undertaking comprehensive local planning with residents and the community.

HUD established the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to fund a process to improve neighborhoods where there is HUD-assisted housing like Lorna Doone Apartments.

The Planning Grant will include assessing the needs of:  

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Housing

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People

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The Neighborhood

The Planning Grant will not fund:

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Eminent domain

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Redevelopment activities

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Programs

 The maximum Planning Grant award is $300,000.

 

APPLICATION STATUS UPDATE:

On October 11, 2012, OHA was informed that the application for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant which featured the Lorna Doone Apartments, was not selected for funding.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development received 72 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant applications and was only able to award 17 grants totaling $4,950,000.