Tidewater Gardens, Norfolk

In partnership with the City of Norfolk, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA), the Mayor’s St. Paul’s Advisory Committee, Tidewater Gardens residents, and a robust network of service providers, People First Empowered by USI team members connect families to supportive services, community resources, and opportunities in each of our identified key service pillars: Housing, Education, Health and Wellness, and Economic Mobility.

Tidewater Gardens Year 3

Site Report 2022

We’re thrilled to share this impact report which depicts these successes through the stories of families, strategic partners, and progress.

About the Neighborhood

Propelling Educational Success:
All children and youth in Tidewater Gardens are ready for school, thrive in and out of school, graduate from high school, and are prepared for college, career, and life. Maintaining higher rates of enrollment in early learning programs while increasing on-time graduation. 83% of youth graduated on time.

Improving Health & Wellness:
All children and adults living in Tidewater Gardens, before and after redevelopment, are mentally and physically healthy. Maintaining high rates of health insurance and connection to medical homes while increasing the percentage of households accessing services to manage chronic health conditions.

Moving Families to Economic Self-Sufficiency:
All households in Tidewater Gardens, before and after redevelopment, are economically independent.

Annual income from employment is $19,891, this is a 67% increase since baseline.

Engaging Families in Family Support:
Housing is the foundation upon which all other services are based. People FirstUSI assists families with the process of relocation but also with accessing a higher quality of life that comes with safe, quality, affordable housing. People FirstUSI works holistically to address the challenges that are impacting each individualized household.

574 (84%) of households are actively engaged with USI. This is a 25% increase from year 1. People First Empowered by USI assisted 143 or 92% of the 156 families who relocated from Tidewater Gardens and assisted 85% of families in moving to neighborhoods with <40% poverty rate.

The Impact

total household earned income

residents who have health Insurance

percent of children 0-3 participating in center-based
or formal home learning programs

families actively participating in USI’s Family Support services

Understand how we’ve impacted the Tidewater Gardens neighborhood since we were first introduced by checking out our dashboard.

Featured Blogs

Read stories of Tidewater Gardens residents, partners, and more on our blog! Below view the three most recent blog posts written about the Tidewater Gardens community.

Press & Updates

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Tidewater Gardens community in the news and media!