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.