Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency | Envision Napier and Sudekum
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Envision Napier and Sudekum

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.

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Transformation Plan Draft Submitted to HUD

On December 28, 2017, MDHA, along with the Martha O’Bryan Center, submitted the Draft Transformation Plan to HUD as a part of the two-year planning process funded through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. The draft plan can be attributed to the great involved from resident, community members, non-profit organizations and Metro agencies. Since the launch of Envision Napier and Sudekum in November 2016, the community had provided input towards the plan through seven Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, five public Town Halls, 31 work group meetings, three community design workshops, and four community engagement events.

Please click here to view the Draft Transformation Plan.

The final plan must be submitted to HUD by June 28, 2018. Between now and then, resident and community members can remain involved through CAG, Resident Only and public Town Hall meetings scheduled for February 15, 2018 and May 17, 2018. In addition, MDHA residents can look to participate in series of capacity building workshops starting in February 2018.