Recent successes in other Promise Zone communities offer a glimpse of what Evansville can expect to achieve:
- Youth Build – $1.1 million-For low income youth between the ages of 16-24. It allows them to work on obtaining their GED while learning on the job training. The participants receive OSHA Training, CPR & First Aid and a NCCER Pre-Apprenticeship in construction. The participant also receives a stipend for their work on the construction site.
- HVRP – Up to $500,000-For homeless veterans. The program assists the veterans in finding affordable housing, obtaining education or assisting them in finding a job suitable for them. Our HVRP Program has a fabulous success rate going and are working hard for our vets!
- Tax Credit-Garvin Lofts & Garfield Commons are two low income housing facilities that will benefit from the tax credits for building in the PZ.
- Philadelphia and Los Angeles – Created a $1.4 million AmeriCorps College and Career Readiness Program, the first bi-state Promise Zone award. The award supports up to 25 AmeriCorps members, each serving a caseload of 40 students.
- New Jersey – Received $6.8 million to invest in efforts to support work readiness, financial literacy, internships, and other priorities.
- Indianapolis – Secured 14 grants from seven federal agencies, totaling $9.6 million. Funding helped create 110 new jobs, serve hundreds of ex-offenders, and provide fair housing.
- North Minneapolis – $4.3 million has been awarded to make housing units lead safe, increase food access, help with business growth for women, and provide counseling services to at-risk students. A $374,000 grant created “Appetite for Change,” community education program on healthy food and lifestyles. Fifty new food based neighborhood businesses were created.
Evansville Promise is already keeping pace. Within just three months of receiving our Promise Zone notification, EHC secured a $1 million revolving loan fund from Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to provide quick financing for projects like affordable housing and small business development, infrastructure, neighborhood projects and more.