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White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Details Revealed

Little noticed in today's big announcement on Promise Neighborhoods was a rather detailed new fact sheet on the administration's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI).

According to the fact sheet, the initiative is "led by the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC), White House Office of Urban Affairs (WHOUA), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (ED), Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury."

We have written about this initiative before many times, though there was a lot of tea leaf reading involved. Now we have lots of details. Incidentally, I got to meet a few of the principals in this group at the event today. I kind of feel like I deserve honorary membership! Although I am a little nervous about the ritual hazing -- I have a feeling it involves long meetings and a tolerance for bureaucracy.

Some interesting new details in the fact sheet include a new, fifth program in the neighborhood initiatives bucket. We have Promise and Choice, of course, and also the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant program in DOJ (we interviewed Thomas Abt on this recently). We also have two programs out of HHS, including Community Health Centers and a brand new one, Behavioral Health Services.

The NRI plans to host a convening on neighborhood revitalization in 2011 "to unite practitioners and policymakers in a shared effort to improve our nation’s distressed communities."  Very cool.

The last three pages explain plans for how the first three (Promise, Choice, and Byrne) will interact with each other, which to me is required reading for today's Promise grantees but also anyone who wants to apply for any of these programs in the future.

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