Choice Neighborhood Initiative

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.

Planning Grant Q&A

Presentations and Planning Documents

Partnering organizations

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