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Why Are We Doing This?

The One City Asbury Park Plan was funded by a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

What is Choice Neighborhoods?

The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program is designed to catalyze critical improvements in neighborhood assets, including vacant property, housing, services, and schools.

  • Competitive grant process run by U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
  • Neighborhood-scale revitalization
  • Locally driven strategies
  • Transforming distressed areas into neighborhoods of choice
  • Reimagining public housing to better fit into its surroundings and better serve its residents

So far nationwide:

  • 72 Choice Planning grantees
  • 16 Choice Implementation grantees

Goal: Replace distressed public housing (in this case, Lincoln Village) with high-quality mixed income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood


Goal: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families


Goal: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community

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