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About the North Hartford Promise Zone

On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Hartford a Promise Zone designation for North Hartford - 3.11 square-mile area encompassing the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods – making Hartford the first City in New England to have been selected to take part in this competitive initiative created by the Obama Administration.

Under the Promise Zones initiative, the federal government is investing and partnering with a total of 20 “high-poverty, high capacity” communities in the country and supporting the implementation of neighborhood revitalization strategies focused on job creation, increased access to quality, affordable housing, expanded educational opportunities, improved public safety and improved health outcomes. 

Promise Zones benefits include technical assistance, federal staff support, and access to preference points for existing federal grant programs, however, they do NOT receive new direct funding.  Should Congress enact proposed Promise Zone tax credits, private businesses would receive tax incentives for hiring and investing in Promise Zones.  Promise Zone designation has a term of 10 years, and will be extended as necessary.

To learn more about Promise Zones, please click here. 


Under the executive leadership of the Hartford Mayor, the North Hartford Promise Zone (NHPZ) is an unprecedented, collaborative urban renewal effort being led by a committed cast of key local and regional stakeholders to advance neighborhood revitalization and create a safe prosperous future for residents.  As part of ongoing municipal and regional planning efforts, the NHPZ has identified the following seven goals as instrumental to increasing the quality of life and accelerating efforts to create comprehensive community revitalization.

1. Job Creation

Increase resident's net income, financial capabilities, long-term job retention and net worth over time.


    • Restore the historic former Swift Gold Leaf factory complex in order to bring together job creation, education and health improvement initiatives in the Promise Zone.
    • Align and expand existing youth/adult education and workforce programs that support occupational demand in four currently targeted industry sectors.

2. Increase Economic Activity 

Attract and retain businesses in the North Hartford Promise Zone commercial corridors that build on recent neighborhood initiatives.


    • Promote business growth by developing suitable commercial and mixed-used sites. 

3. Reduce Serious and Violent Crime

Reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization.


    • Hartford Police Department (HPD) proposes to replicate Preventing Recidivism through Organized Supervision, Partnerships and Enhanced Relationships (PROSPER) in the NHPZ in order to reduce recidivism and violent crime by 5%.
    • Increase opportunities for at-risk youth to engage in positive community building activities.

4. Expand Educational Opportunities 

Increase the number of high school graduates that are college and career ready.


    • Increase opportunities and supports for a greater number of students in the Promise Zone so that they can graduate high school, college and become career ready.
    • Implement literacy and intervention strategies for Hartford students and families in the Promise Zone. 

5. Increase Access to Quality, Affordable Housing

Create programs that assist promise zone residents with preventing foreclosure and provide low-to-moderate income individuals and/or households decent, affordable and sustainable rental, homeownership, and home improvement opportunities.


    • Support Promise Zone neighborhood stabilization by providing foreclosure prevention resources and information to current homeowners, prospective homebuyers, and other residents.
    • Create programs, initiatives or incentives to encourage rehabilitation and homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income households.
    • Increase and improve the affordability and condition of rental units, especially along transit corridors, such as Albany Avenue and North Main Street.  

6. Improve Health and Wellness

Improve the emotional and physical development of high-risk children and families.


    • Decrease incidences of emotional and behavioral disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among high-risk young children and their families.
    • Increase the number of food retailers offering healthy food options from 0 to 10 and remove barriers to community gardening.
    • Increase families’ and children’s active lifestyles and nutrition education by 10%.


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