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Whittier Choice Neighborhood Initiative

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative provides planning and implementation funding to develop comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize distressed housing and transform neighborhoods. It builds on the success of the HOPE VI program to support affordable housing and community development. The goal is to improve the lives of area residents by creating safe streets, better access to quality educational and job opportunities that promote family self-sufficiency, a healthier environment and vibrant mixed-income/mixed-use communities. 
Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is one of 17 awardees (out of 72 applicants) nationwide to receive a 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant from HUD.
BHA’s Whittier Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan will focus on the Whittier Street housing development. The plan will also address the needs of the surrounding Lower Roxbury neighborhood and, most importantly, establish an Opportunity Consortium to link residents to quality education, health, and job opportunities in the area.