A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams
— President Barack Obama, at the announcement of the first five Promise Zones
The proposed Promise Zone covers a geographical area of around eight square miles and encompasses parts of the West Rock, Beaver Hills, Newhallville, Edgewood, West River, Dwight, Dixwell, Hill, Fair Haven, Fair Haven Heights, and Long Wharf neighborhoods.
Poverty rate: 42.19%
Employment rate: 82.15%
Vacancy rate: 8.45%
The Promise Zone strategies will target six federally outlined goals:
1. Creating jobs
2. Increasing economic activity
3. Improving educational opportunities
4. Reducing violent crime
5. Increasing access to quality affordable housing
6. Promoting health and access to healthcare
Learn more about the Promise Zone on the Promise Zone FAQ page!
Read more about the history of the New Haven Promise Zone on the Promise Zone Library page!
New Haven Promise Zone
The first five Promise Zones were named. The first five zones are located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
The second round Promise Zones were named. The eight zones are located in Sacramento, Hartford Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Camden, the South Carolina Low Country, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The City of New Haven was recognized as a Finalist and commended for high-quality strategies.
President Obama announced the Promise Zones Initiative, a plan to designate certain high-poverty communities in urban, rural, and tribal settings as Promise Zones and partner with these communities to achieve meaningful, sustainable change.
The City of New Haven applied in the second round for a Promise Zone designation.
The City of New Haven is applying in the third and final round for a Promise Zone designation.
New Haven Promise Zone Application
Draft Promise Zone Goals and Activities
See the latest draft summary of goals and activities currently included in the draft Promise Zone application – click here to download
Partnering on the Promise Zone
The Promise Zone team is now having discussions with all partners in the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to renew and update their commitments form December 2014. In response to reviewer comments, the team is working to much more specifically link the language in the proposed activities in the Goals and Activities Templates.
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