Competitive grant program to transform neighborhoods of poverty into vibrant, mixed-income neighborhoods.
Nature of Program
: The Choice Neighborhoods program provides competitive Planning Grants and Implementation Grants to enable communities to revitalize struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, create a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program is designed to catalyze critical improvements in neighborhood assets, including vacant property, housing, services and schools.
The program is focused on three core goals: replacing distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality, mixed-income housing; improving outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and creating the conditions necessary for public and private re-investment in distressed neighborhoods to offer basic neighborhood assets, such as safety, good schools, and commercial activity.
Planning Grants enable local leaders to undertake a comprehensive planning process, working closely with housing residents, broader community members, businesses, and a range of local stakeholders. Implementation Grants support communities that have undergone a comprehensive
planning process and are ready to implement their plans.
: Local governments, tribal entities, public housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations may apply. For-profit developers may apply jointly with a public entity. A unit of local government must be either the Lead Applicant or the Co-Applicant.
: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141, approved March 23, 2018); Section 24 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. 1437v.
: Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
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