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Choice Neighborhoods

Choice Neighborhoods is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that supports a community-driven revitalization process in neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing. Through the engagement of local leaders, residents and stakeholders, including public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits and private developers, Choice grantees develop a transformation plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program is allowing grantees across to the country to replace obsolete, distressed housing with vibrant mixed-income communities and to develop new commercial activity, turn around failing schools, strengthen early education, prevent crime, improve transportation, ensure basic neighborhood assets and increase access to jobs.

CSSP is committed to advancing the goals of the Choice Neighborhoods initiative. In partnership with HUD, BCT Partners and a team of expert practitioners, CSSP provides technical assistance to Choice Neighborhoods planning and implementation grantees.

CSSP’s Choice Neighborhoods work includes:

  • Developing a series of promising practice guides that lift up the work of Choice Neighborhoods grantees across the country. These include a guide on the Seattle Choice Neighborhood’s use of educational partnerships to further student achievement in the Yesler neighborhood and a guide on Boston Choice Neighborhood’s use of Critical Community Improvements to support physical revitalization in Boston’s Quincy Corridor.
  • Developing webinars related to promising practices in neighborhoods that have received Choice Neighborhoods grants. These cover a range of topics, including a webinar on Trauma Informed Community Building in San Francisco’s South Potrero neighborhood and webinars related to the two Boston and Seattle guides listed above.

Additional technical assistance materials for HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program are available on the HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods technical assistance website.


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