The City of Newport News and
the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority have again been named a
finalist in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Implementation Grant program. The
Newport News application is for funding to transform the Marshall-Ridley area
in the Southeast Community. Newport News is one of four finalists chosen from a
pool of 32 applicants. The other finalists are Baton Rouge (La.), Omaha (Neb.)
and Norfolk. HUD will award up to $30 million in grant funds to each finalist
to help revitalize and transform an area of their community.
As part of the application
review process, a HUD team will visit Newport News next month to tour the
Marshall-Ridley neighborhood and assess the city and housing authority’s
initial progress in implementing the transformation plan. HUD expects to make
its award announcements in March. The City and NNRHA were also named a finalist
during last year’s grant cycle, but were not chosen to receive grants.
In 2016, the city and the
housing authority received a $500,000 CNI Planning Grant. That grant was used
to develop a community-driven transformation plan for the Marshall-Ridley
neighborhood, which includes Ridley Place public housing and an expanded area
around the complex.
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
is HUD's signature place-based initiative to revitalize and transform
distressed public and assisted housing and surrounding areas. The initiative is
intended to help localities build neighborhoods of opportunity and choice while
focusing on housing, people and neighborhood needs and opportunities. CNI
Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a
comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their
For more information on the Newport News Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, visit www.newportnewschoice.com and follow Newport News
Choice on Facebook.