The Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) is comprised of 80 percent people of color and its residents face rates of poverty, crime, housing instability, and unemployment that far exceed those in the rest of Minneapolis. Because of these disparities, Minneapolis leads the county in racial inequities. Minneapolis’ Promise Zone(PZ) application identified six goals to improve the conditions of MPZ residents:
- Increase racial equity in public services and institutions that contribute to the ongoing economic exclusion of the MPZ residents and meaningfully engage residents in the decisions affecting their community;
- Increase community health and safety by curtailing gun violence, strengthening community-law enforcement relationships, and addressing youth and domestic violence;
- Improve cradle-to-career outcomes for MPZ students, thereby increasing the racial educational achievements;
- Build a more inclusive economy in the MPZ, ensuring dollars are reinvested in the community and that goods, arts, and services are available to MPZ residents and visitors;
- Create employment opportunities for MPZ residents through transit development and business growth incentives and craft specific strategies for youth employment; and
- Promote stable housing for all MPZ residents by increasing the availability, affordability, and quality of housing stock and better coordinating support services.
Last updated Feb 15, 2017