CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative was designed to transform distressed neighborhoods with public and assisted housing into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. This is achieved by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for access to high-quality educational opportunities, including early childhood education. Choice Neighborhoods grants build upon the successes of public housing transformation under HOPE VI to provide support for the preservation and rehabilitation of public and HUD-assisted housing, within the context of a broader approach to concentrated poverty. In addition to public housing authorities, the initiative will involve local governments, non-profits, and for-profit developers in undertaking comprehensive local planning with residents and the community.
CNI is guided by the development and implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans—or transformation plans—focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods. The transformation plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.
Iberville/Tremé CNI Grant Applications
This is the Round 1 application that HANO and the City of New Orleans submitted to HUD for a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grant. We are requesting the maximum amount of $31 million for our project to transform the Iberville/Tremé neighborhood. Our neighborhood boundaries are Rampart St., St. Bernard Ave., Broad St., and Tulane Ave.
HANO and the City of New Orleans submitted a preliminary Vision, or transformation plan, for how we propose to revitalize housing, improve outcomes for people, and transform the neighborhood in Round 1. In Round 2, the HUD Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the CNI application required that HANO and the City provide a more detailed transformation plan, demonstrate partnerships and financial commitments, and provide evidence that we have enough property under control for one-for-one replacement of housing units for Iberville.
Please note that although the transformation plan presented in our Round 2 application has more substance to it, especially the designs and site plans for Iberville and other replacement housing, it is by no means final. There will be many future opportunities for community and resident participation and dialogue in the shaping of the final transformation plan, as well as in its implementation. Click below to see our Round 2 application and important attachments.