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Evansville Promise Zone

The Evansville Promise Zone on June 6th, 2016 became one of the 22 federally designated promise Zones. The Evansville Promise Zone encompasses a population of 22,245 residents and the areas boundary that spans across Veteran’s memorial Parkway, water works road (South &West) to Diamond Ave (North) and Green River Road (East). The census within the Promise Zone shows that more than 39% is at the poverty rate and 30% of the population has less than a high school diploma. Criminal activity in the area is a mounting concern.

With Echo Housing Corporation (EHC) being the lead organization, Evansville Indiana was awarded the Promise Zone designation by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in June 2016. EHC worked in conjunction with the City of Evansville-Department of Metropolitan Development as a lead Partner and other numerous stakeholders to secure this designation.

The Promise Zone creates a dynamic environment for partnerships between the Federal government and community organizations to collaborate in efforts to boost the economic activity, job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the overall quality of life.

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The Evansville Promise Zone encompasses a population of 22,245 residents in the city of Evansville, IN. The area’s boundary spans across Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Waterworks Road (south and west) to Diamond Avenue (north) and Green River Road (east). The poverty rate is more than 39 percent, and up to 30 percent of the population has less than a high school diploma. Criminal activity in the area is a mounting concern, with the majority of the city’s crimes taking place in Promise Zone neighborhoods.

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Federal agency name: Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Funding opportunity name: Lead Hazard Demonstration Grant Program

Lead applicant: Indiana Housing and Community Development Association

Award amount: $3,400,000

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Federal agency name: Dept. of HHS - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Funding opportunity name: HRSA: Advanced Nursing Education Grant

Lead applicant: University of Southern Indiana

Award amount: $1,721,100

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Promise Zones are specifically defined neighborhood areas within communities. Promise Zone is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and brings assistance, resources and increased opportunities for organizations to receive federal grant funding to improve neighborhoods, crime and safety, health and financial security.

Evansville was awarded the Promise Zone designation in June 2016 in the third and final round, and joins only 21 other urban, rural and tribal communities across the nation with a Promise Zone.

We as a community have made great progress to improve our neighborhoods, but we know there is still work to be done. Promise Zone is an honor that Evansville received because of our commitment to work together to keep moving forward.

No. Promise Zone is a program of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is not actual grant funding. Promise Neighborhood is a grant funding program of the Dept. of Education. Its purpose is to fund collaborative, cradle to career programs for children in distressed neighborhoods.

No. The Promise Zone brings new support and opportunity potential, but is not actual funding. Community fundraising and support will be very important to ensure success of the Promise Zone plan.

ECHO Housing Corporation serves as the lead organization. The City of Evansville is the lead partner. Additionally, through MOU agreements, 20 Implementation Partners are committed to supporting the goals and activities of the Promise Zone plan.

Goals are: Increasing Economic Activity, Creating Jobs, Improving Educational Opportunities, Reducing Violent Crime, Promoting Health and Access to Healthcare, and Increasing Access to Quality Affordable Housing.

The six goals represent four required goal areas and two optional goal areas provided by HUD. Goals and activities support existing improvement plans and progress that residents and stakeholders agree are important to our community.