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Choice Neighborhood Initiative

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The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities by revitalizing distressed public (and/or assisted) housing while investing and leveraging investments in:

  • Well-functioning services and public assets
  • High-quality public schools/education programs
  • High quality early learning programs/services
  • Public transportation and mobility
  • Improved access to jobs

The CNI will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move into affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is focused on three core goals:

  1. Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term.
  2. People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target developments and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents' education, health and recreation, safety, employment, and mobility; and
  3. Neighborhood: Transform distressed neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high-quality public schools, and education programs, high-quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.