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White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative


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The Obama Administration recognizes that the interconnected challenges in high-poverty neighborhoods require interconnected solutions. The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is a community-based approach to help neighborhoods in distress transform themselves into neighborhoods of opportunity.

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White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

  1. 1. white houseneighborhood revitalization initiative UNCA Neighborhood Revitalization Conference August 2, 2012
  2. 2. neighborhood revitalization initiative: what is it?Launched by the White Housein September 2010 supporting communities with • Five federal agencies tools • enabling local-level working together to solutions for align place-based comprehensive • across education, investments neighborhood housing, public safety, revitalization health, and human services to transform interagency effort neighborhoods Responding to increases in concentrated poverty across the country
  3. 3. neighborhood revitalization initiative: why are we working together? Number of Americans living in neighborhoods with more than 40 percent of residents in povertyThe effects of therecession drove median 14 11.5household income to its 10.3 millionlowest level since 1996. 12 million In 2010, 46.2 million 10 7.9 millionAmericans were 8living in poverty. 6The poverty rate ishighest among children, 4with nearly 16 millionchildren growing up 2below the poverty line. 0 1990 2000 2006-2010 (avg.)
  4. 4. neighborhood revitalization initiative: why are we working together?When it comes to addressing poverty, place matters:a child’s zip code should never determine his orher opportunities. The stress children Sustained exposure to experience from living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is poverty can cause long- associated with a 60-to-80 percent term impairments to decrease in the odds of high cognitive development. school graduation. Improving opportunities in neighborhoods can have substantial impact on a child’s future.
  5. 5. neighborhood revitalization initiative: why are we working together? The aggregate impact of child povertyPoverty and social in the United States leads to reduced skills development and economicisolation not productivity, increased crime, andonly make it poorer health…hard for ….all of which is conservativelyindividuals to succeed, estimated by recent research to costbut affect the the United States more than $620 billion per year.welfare ofthe country and economy as a whole.
  6. 6. neighborhood revitalization initiative: how are we working together?Interconnected Access to qualitychallenges educationin neighborhoods requireinterconnected Jobs and Affordable economicsolutions. vitality housing Neighborhoods of opportunity Access to Safe quality streets healthcare
  7. 7. neighborhood revitalization initiative: how are we working together?Centerpiece programs share a common theory of change Promise Byrne ChoiceNeighborhoods Criminal Neighborhoods Justice NRI is working to Innovation connect these programs to the federal Health educational revitalizes distressed community-oriented Center program opportunities to housing to drive strategies to address revitalize neighborhood and Community violent crime underserved transformation Development neighborhoods Financial More than $365 million invested by the end of 2012 Institution (CDFI) Fund.
  8. 8. housing plan includes 624 units (504 onsite and 121 offsite senior building). 1100 homes are planned for the site, with that balance the current responsibility of neighborhood revitalization initiative: innovation on the ground Choice Neighborhoods: San Francisco’s Eastern Bayview Private-public consortium includes: neighborhood. High vacancies, poor • McCormack Baron Salazar 40 percent of residents live in poverty to job schools, and inadequate access •San Francisco Housing Authority, centers have hindered revitalization. •Lennar Urban •City of San Francisco, •School District, •Urban Strategies Plan includes public, affordable, and market rate housing…. ….as well as strategies to support residents and improve opportunities in the neighborhood: improving school quality and access to high-quality early education programs; working with local organizations to provide job training Improve streetscapes new commercial assets, fresh food stores, and bus rapid transit DOJ Public Safety Enhancement funding to address crime
  9. 9. neighborhood revitalization initiative: how are we working together?In addition to a shared theory of change, NRI has alignedprograms to target resources and cut red tape. • Competitive grant preferences • Streamlined grant requirements and performance metrics • Aligned technical assistance across programs and dual site visits • Sharing best practices across grantees
  10. 10. neighborhood revitalization initiative: innovation on the ground Tulsa Boston •Created unified metrics for the •Choice grantee capitalizing on the neighborhoods’ Choice & Promise grants Promise grantee’s strong capacity to •Partnership with local health center to engage the community by contracting increase access of neighborhood residents with them to engage residents in the Choice grant. •Using a DOJ Public SafetyGrantees receiving funds from Enhancement grant to bolster crimemultiple centerpiece programs reduction efforts in the Choice neighborhoodare developing a communityof practice to share theirsuccesses, challenges, and offer San Antoniosupport to other communities •Shared governance structure for thethat are working to braid multiple neighborhoods’ Choice & Promise grants •Working towards complete alignment offunding streams education strategies for Choice and Promise
  11. 11. neighborhood revitalization initiative: building neighborhood capacityNRI meets high-poverty neighborhoodswhere they are—at varying stages ofreadiness and capacityStakeholders told us that federal funds leave gaps unfilled: support is neededfor essential infrastructure and capacity to achieve the results residentswant: jobs, affordable housing, good education, safe streets and others The Building Neighborhood Capacity Program brings together the resources and expertise of the 5 NRI agencies and key partners to bridge gaps in capacity of neighborhoods that have experienced persistent poverty.
  12. 12. neighborhood revitalization initiative: building neighborhood capacityHelp neighborhoods develop the capacity to undertakecomprehensive planning and revitalization activities. Intensive Training and Technical Assistance: On-the-ground TA for persistently distressed communities with capacity challengesBNCP will provide: BNCP Resource Center: Open to all communities and will provide guidance, offer online resources, and identify existing federal TA
  13. 13. neighborhood revitalization initiative: building neighborhood capacityThe NRI agencies drew on research and 30 years of field experience to develop aframework of capacities that are essential to creating successful and sustainableneighborhood transformation. The capacity building framework includes: Strong Strategies neighborhood Strategic, based on leadership accountable best available and partnerships evidence organizational capacity Financing Data for that aligns decisions, and targets learning, and resources accountability
  14. 14. neighborhood revitalization initiative:supporting local leaders nationwide
  15. 15. neighborhood revitalization initiative: Innovation on the groundPromise Neighborhoods:Minneapolis Northside Achievement Zone50 organizational and school partners with a shared goalto prepare all NAZ children to graduate from highschool ready for college. Cradle-to-career continuum of comprehensive supports through family engagement and opportunity alignment, an educational pipeline, and whole family support.As a Promise Neighborhood, NAZ is scaling up its successfulstrategies with a goal of reaching 1,200 families with 3,000 children– all successfully on a path to college, and each experiencing atransformation in their lives.
  16. 16. neighborhood revitalization initiative: where are we going?Scaling up the NRI approach: Performance Partnerships  Fill key gaps in neighborhood revitalization funding by providing flexible federal funding  Expectation: Braid, leverage, and target multiple funding sources  Doing more with less: Creating flexibility within existing pools of funding President’s FY2013 Budget: $70-130 million The Administration will identify between 7-13 partnerships nationwide based primarily on capacity to use funds to make significant strides in neighborhood and resident outcomes
  17. 17. neighborhood revitalization initiative: where are we going?Scaling up the NRI approach:working with other place-basedfederal programs to takeinvestments to scale. Regions Aligned Cities federal investment Neighborhoods
  18. 18. neighborhood revitalization initiative: online resourcesNRI web page and report:    programs:  Choice Neighborhoods:   Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation:   Promise Neighborhoods:   Building Neighborhood Capacity Program   Health Center Program: • from OMB describing the Administration’s Place-Based Focus: 