The HUD Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. 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 educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; 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.
The Meriden Choice Neighborhood team completed its Transformation Plan in 2016, which served as the basis of a 2016 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application. The application (submitted June 27, 2016) seeks $20 million to fund new Transit-Oriented Development District investments in housing, neighborhood improvements, and education, employment and health strategies over of the next five years. The HUD funds would leverage approximately $114 million in housing investments, $74 million in brownfield redevelopment, transportation and other neighborhood investments, and $20 in innovative education, employment and early childhood programs. Funding awards will likely be announced in October 2016.