HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

What is the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative?

In September 2020, the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Easton (HACE) and the City of Easton, applied for and was awarded a HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for the West Ward neighborhood of Easton. This application identified HACE’s N. Union Street Apartments property as a Target Housing Site for redevelopment. The grant award of $450,000 will help the GEDP, HACE , and the City of Easton address the clear inequities that exist within the community and build significant positive momentum for revitalization.

The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities by revitalizing distressed public (and/or assisted) housing while investing and leveraging investments in:

  • Well-functioning services and public assets
  • High quality public schools/education programs
  • High quality early learning programs/services
  • Public transportation and mobility
  • Improved access to jobs

The CNI will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move in to affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.

 The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is focused on three core goals:

Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long term.

People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target developments and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents’ education, health and recreation, safety, employment, and mobility.

Neighborhood: Transform distressed neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to 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.

Upcoming Meetings

Working Groups

Starting in late January 2022, we will be holding a series of topic-based working group meetings to develop projects for inclusion in the West Ward Choice Neighborhood Plan. The working groups will meet three times (3x) through March 2022.

We need your help to ensure the plan meets the needs of local residents! If you are a West Ward homeowner, renter, business owner, or community partner, we want to invite you to join one of our groups. Sign up for a Working Group

If you missed a meeting or would like to listen in, you can view each working groups’ recorded meeting via the links below.

January Meeting Recordings:

February Meeting Recordings:
Transportation and Open Space (in-person, not recorded)

Meet Your Community Ambassadors

Hello, my name is Edith Adams. I’ve been a resident of Easton for 55 years. I’m a mother and grandmother. I have an Associates degree and have been a volunteer for several organizations. I’m proud and excited to be a Community Ambassador to assist with the planning and enrichment of our community.

Hi, my name is Brenda Williams and I’m a commissioner on the Easton Housing Authority board. I’m a 62 year old African American woman and lifelong resident of Easton. I’m a mother and grandmother who wants to leave the world better off than I found it for the generations to come.

Planning Grant Q&A

Planning Grant Timeline

Presentations, Planning Documents, and Projects

Partnering organizations

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