Minneapolis receives federal Promise Zone designation
A large portion of north Minneapolis is one of eight places nationwide selected for this year’s federal Promise Zone designations. The move will prioritize federal resources to the area.
The Minneapolis Promise Zone plan addresses the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight and poor educational outcomes in the Promise Zone area. The City and a range of community partners worked together to submit the application, developing a plan that focuses on housing stability, educational opportunities and training, economic development and jobs, and safe and healthy neighborhoods.
The Minneapolis Promise Zone plan includes six goals:
- Reduce racial inequities in public services and institutions that contribute to the ongoing economic exclusion of residents in the zone and meaningfully engage residents in the decisions affecting their community.
- Reduce serious and violent crime by curtailing gun violence, strengthening community-law enforcement relationships, and addressing youth violence and domestic violence.
- Reduce the racial achievement gap by improving cradle-to-career outcomes for students in the zone.
- Ensure dollars are reinvested in the community and that goods, arts and services are available to zone residents and visitors.
- Create jobs for residents in the zone through transit development and business growth incentives. Design specific strategies for employing young people.
- Promote stable housing for all zone residents by increasing the availability, affordability and quality of housing stock and coordinating support services better.
The boundaries of the Minneapolis Promise Zone are: Queen Avenue North (western), Mississippi River (eastern), Memorial Parkway/45th Avenue North (northern), and Bassett’s Creek (southern). The zone geography was determined based on analyses of the federal government’s priorities of high rates of poverty, unemployment, long-term vacancy and violent crime.
For more information about the Promise Zones initiative, visit www.hud.gov/promisezones.
Published May 5, 2015