Choice Neighborhood Plan
Buena Vida Choice Neighborhood Plan
Concerted Revitalization Effort
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) employs a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing distressed public and/or assisted housing and investing and leveraging investments in well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs. The CNI will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation, by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move to affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) is focused on three core goals:
- Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
- People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents’ health, safety, employment, mobility, and education; and
- Neighborhoods: Transform distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income and sustainable neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.
To achieve these core goals, successful applicants are required to develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. This plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. To successfully develop and implement the Transformation Plan, HACB will work with public and private agencies, community and philanthropic organizations, current Buena Vida residents, neighborhood residents, and other identified individuals and stakeholder groups to gather and leverage resources needed to support the strategic and financial sustainability of the plan.
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HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative
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The Buena Vida Neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Brownsville and South Texas. It is located within one of the fast growing areas in the United States and at the southernmost tip of Texas within one mile of the Mexican border. The neighborhood sits within six blocks of the old downtown business district of Brownsville, the county seat of Cameron County. The Buena Vida development in the proposed Choice Neighborhood has 150 units and was constructed in 1939.
Shown below is the project area and its geographic extent, bounded by Interstate 69, East 6th Street, East Madison Avenue, and East 22nd Street. A half-mile from its south is the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville campus) and Texas Southmost College campus. On its western boundary are the Historical Museum of Brownsville and the Federal Courthouse for the Southern Judicial District.
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