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Notice of Available Funding: HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

Please be aware of the following funding opportunity from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eligibility: PHAs, local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits are eligible to apply.

Award amounts: HUD expects to make approximately 6 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. HUD anticipates awarding 3 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $1.3 million each and 3 Planning Grants not to exceed $350,000 each.

Application deadline: 8/28/2017

Summary: The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public 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, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;

2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and

3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

Full text of Notice of Funding Availability

Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Men of Color: Free Youth Peer Mentoring Training of Trainers-August 2&3 2017

NJPN is partnering with The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania and PRO-ACT and hosting a FREE 2 day Youth Peer Mentoring Training of Trainers (TOT) “Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Men of Color” workshop. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals working in diverse community settings, with young men of color and a… Continue Reading