To those who might read this, this is what we on the southside, including Hillcrest public housing, are fighting hard for:
Choice Neighborhoods Grant from HUD-----
Choice Neighborhoods grants transform distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted communities into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods 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 will 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.
Grant Award winners can receive up to $31M towards their Transformation Plan and rebuilding/revitalization effort. Our Choice Neighborhoods will encompass the rebuilding of the Hillcrest Public Housing Community located at 14th & Dawson St. and the revitalization of the SouthSide area of Wilmington. We recently completed our needs assessment and asset mapping phase of the project, and currently (January, 2012) have our eye on Economic Development for the area and Community Outreach. This collected data combined with our community partnerships will be very important as we continually develop our Transformation Plan to rebuild and revitalize the SouthSide.
Timeline: We (Wilmington Housing Authority) hope to submit the Transformation Plan for Choice Neighborhoods in the fall, 2012, with an expected announcement by Spring, 2013. With a little luck, we could start the rebuilding and revitalization process in the Fall, 2013. Please remember these dates are subject to change and there is no guarantee that we will receive any funds from HUD. But with your help and community partnership, we stand a better chance of submitting a complete & winning Transformation Plan that will be ready to go with or without the funds!
Let's come together and make this work!
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