Time is running out to register for the 2013 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference sponsored by the United Neighborhood Centers of America in partnership with the Alliance for Children and Families. The Conference will be held June 27-28 in Washington, DC. Join colleagues, stakeholders, issue experts, government officials, and community practitioners, in the exploration of neighborhood revitalization efforts in communities across the country. Sessions will cover best practices, new approaches and strategies, new federal updates, and tactics to adapt in a changing regulatory and funding environment. This year’s featured keynote speaker is Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States.
Panelists will include representatives from the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative workgroup, the Aspen Institute, the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative at PolicyLink, LISC, the Urban Institute, the Annenberg Foundation, the US Department of Justice, Bridgespan, NeighborWorks America, FSG, and many more prominent thought-leaders and policy-makers. Additionally, panels will feature best practices and stories from the field with presentations by local, on-the-ground practitioners such as the United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Oakland Unified School District, the Rockford Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and many more.
Session topics include resident-centered community building, bringing data to life, creating effective partnerships, commercial corridor development initiatives, and other exciting and relevant topics in the field of neighborhood revitalization. View the complete conference schedule for more information. Register now!
Posted in Neighborhood Movement.
– June 7, 2013
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the FY2013 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant competition. Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s “signature place-based initiative” and is a part of the interagency Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). HUD plans to award approximately $109 million for the FY2013 competition, in the form of four grants of up to $30 million each. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. Applications must present a plan to “revitalize a severely distressed public or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community.” Applications are due September 10, 2013.
Choice Neighborhoods is about more than fixing up housing, though. The end goal is create sustainable, vibrant neighborhoods where children, adults, and families have the opportunity to thrive in integrative, supportive communities. NRI seeks to establish federal partnerships to foster place-based policies that are response to local needs and assets. A great deal of community partnership is required to meet these goals and examples of past grantees’ projects demonstrate the extensive community cooperation.
Ultimately, successful Choice Neighborhoods applicants must be able to demonstrate that their projects have created sustainable, accessible housing; high quality learning, employment, health, and other opportunities; and public-private investment in neighborhood amenities and public safety. Find out more about the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant program, application process, and available resources from the complete Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Posted in Choice Neighborhoods, Funding Opportunity, Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
– June 6, 2013