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.
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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.
2. Increase Economic Activity
Attract and retain businesses in the North Hartford Promise Zone commercial corridors that build on recent neighborhood initiatives.
3. Reduce Serious and Violent Crime
Reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization.
4. Expand Educational Opportunities
Increase the number of high school graduates that are college and career ready.
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.
6. Improve Health and Wellness
Improve the emotional and physical development of high-risk children and families.
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