In July 2016, Nashville was one of 10 cities awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). MDHA served as the lead grantee, with Martha O’Bryan Center as the co-grantee.
The $500,000 grant will fund a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan for the Napier Place, Sudekum Apartments and the surrounding area. (see map to the right)
In the development of Choice Neighborhoods, HUD has focused on directing resources into four core goals:
People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development(s) and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents’ health, safety, employment, mobility, and education;
Education: Support the on-going development of and access to comprehensive educational initiatives that impact all families that reside within the target neighborhood, with focus ranging from early childhood education and grade school programming, to high schools, colleges and adult education.
Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
Neighborhoods: Transform neighborhoods of poverty 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.
To achieve these core goals, communities must develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. This plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.
To successfully develop and implement the Transformation Plan, MDHA will work with Napier Place and Sudekum Apartments residents, public and private agencies, community and philanthropic organizations, community members and residents from the surrounding area and stakeholder groups to gather and leverage resources needed to support the strategic and financial sustainability of the plan.
The Martha O’Bryan Center will be facilitating the comprehensive needs assessment/resident survey. Below is a timeline of what to expect in the coming weeks regarding the survey process.