Having initially rolled out in September 2010, the White House’s “Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative” is expected to pick up steam in 2011.
What follows is a brief description of the program, who is involved and what it may mean for low-income Americans.
What is it?
To paraphrase what has been written previously on “White House” website, the “Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative” is an interagency collaborative whose primary goal is to transform distressed neighborhoods into viable, thriving ones through the integration of resources on Federal, State and local levels.
Who is taking Part and what is being done?
To date the initiative is made up of five government agencies; the “Department of Justice”, “Department Health and Human Services”, “US Treasury”, “Departments of Urban Housing and Development”, “White House Office of Urban Affairs”, “Department of Education”, and the “White House Domestic Policy Council.”
Together they are laboring on five programs; the “Community Health Centers”, “Choice Neighborhoods”, “Behavioral Health Services”, “Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation” and “Promise Neighborhoods.”
Each of the programs is intended to work collectively with the aspiration of addressing issues that are systemic in poverty stricken areas.
Issues include but are not limited to; high unemployment, high crime rates, an overabundance of foreclosed properties, proliferation of gangs and gang violence, low high school graduation rates, increased teen pregnancy rates, high incidents of domestic abuse as well as increasing numbers of child abuse and neglect cases.
Each of the programs involve millions of dollars in grant monies for both program implementation and planning, which have, in part, already been awarded to 21 different grantees.
Among them are eight non-profits and 3 higher education institutes located across 12 states (NY, MN, GA, KY, MT, MA, MS, TX, MI, PA and AR) and the District of Columbia.
The monies are expected to be received by the organizations in time for programs to start rolling out and gaining steam in 2011.
What Does This Mean to You and Me?
On the local level the influx in grant monies for 2011, if used properly, could result in more social service programs like the ones spurred by the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
Though feverishly contested even to this day, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” did translate into such beneficial programs as the United Way Fresh Start Program that was rolled out in the State of Georgia during 2010.
Further illustrations of how such initiatives are already helping Americans can be found on both the government “Grants” and the “New York Community Trust” websites.
Those that would like to review a list of the agencies that are scheduled to receive funds from the “Project Neighborhood” Program should log onto the “Data Ed Gov” website and click on the “Project Neighborhood” Logo.
Additional information about the initiative can also be found on the “White House” website.
White House, “The White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative” White House
White House, “FAQ: Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative” White House
White House, “Poverty Progress” White House
US Department of Education, “Promise Neighborhoods” US Department of Education
Killeen Gonzalez, “United Way Gives Needy Georgians a Fresh Start” Socyberty
Amy Wolf, “Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Recipients Announced” New York Community Trust
Grants.gov “Recovery Feature Stories” Grants.gov