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Census Shows Importance of Choice Neighborhoods Initiative


With more than 10.6 million Americans now living in neighborhoods with poverty levels over 40%, according to new Census data, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is highlighting its new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a program designed to address the problem of growing poverty and high poverty neighborhoods.

In a message from Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Raphael Bostic, HUD highlights how Choice Neighborhoods will build on the success of the HOPE VI program to help "transform high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into mixed-income neighborhoods with the affordable housing, safe streets and good schools every family needs."

With distressed neighborhoods often close to central business districts and other job centers, the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative’s goal of housing redevelopment as a catalyst for neighborhood change will allow it to play a critical roll in cities’ greater reinvigoration strategies, according to the message.

For more information, click here to read the message from Asst. Sec. Bostic.


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