The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2013 Choice Neighborhoods grant. Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature element of the White House’s place-based Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). NRI “supports locally driven solutions for transforming distressed neighborhoods using place-based strategies to address the interconnected challenges of poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime and lack of capital.”
Choice Neighborhoods grants are meant “to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation.” Eligible applicants are public housing authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers in partnership with a public entity. The purpose behind Choice Neighborhoods is to bring together diverse community stakeholders-- local leaders, residents, PHAs, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers—to create locally driven strategies to help struggling neighborhoods.
The maximum grant amount is $500,000 and applications are due by May 28, 2013. Choice Neighborhoods grant-funded projects should help to revitalize the neighborhoods they serve and should be people- and community-focused. Additional project eligibility standards can be found in the full grant announcement.