The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) and grant program in 2010 to address the unrecognized challenges to the ability of poor families and children to access opportunities and move up the economic ladder. CNI helps communities address assisted and vacant housing units, while investing in people and neighborhood assets, to transform neighborhoods of distress into revitalized mixed-income neighborhoods. CNI employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and investing and leveraging investments in 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.
To learn more about each of our Choice Neighborhood Initiative communities, click the city overview below: