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Building Neighborhood Capacity

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,500,000)

The Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator (TTA Coordinator) Program is a core component of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative strategy. BNCP focuses on the nation's neediest neighborhoods, those that struggle with such issues as crime, poor health, struggling schools, inadequate housing, and access to employment. BNCP seeks to assist neighborhoods in developing the capacity to undertake comprehensive planning and development activities, and to partner with neighborhoods in the long-term process of rebuilding and revitalization. This project is jointly funded by BJA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Education and will be closely coordinated with the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Through the BNCP TTA Coordinator Program, neighborhoods will be provided a range of TTA to help them begin to undertake revitalization, guided by comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans, in concert with relevant local and state plans and planning processes. The BNCP TTA Coordinator will coordinate, provide, and broker needed support to the selected sites, through a variety of TTA activities.

The Center for Study of Social Policy will utilize their grant to focus on the following goals: 1) develop and assess training and technical assistance (TTA) that enables developing-capacity neighborhoods to produce a neighborhood revitalization plan that improves outcomes related to safety, education, housing, health, employment and other neighborhood priorities; 2) utilize a capacity-building framework to help each of five selected neighborhoods strengthen its ability and infrastructure to plan, implement, and sustain neighborhood revitalization and; 3) promote the neighborhoods' effective use of data to conduct needs assessments, set targets for developing deeper capacity, plan and monitor the implementation of targeted, research-based strategies calculated to improve results, ensure accountability, conduct fiscal analyses and map resources, and analyze and address policy barriers.

Specifically, the funds will be used to fund personnel, travel costs to conduct site visits, consulting costs in support of the TTA strategy, and other costs needed to conduct meetings, conference calls, and administrative support.


Date Created: September 28, 2011