New Haven Promise Zone Library
History & Background Information
Application for Promise Zone Designation
The City of New Haven, along with a variety of community partners, applied for a federal Promise Zone designation on November 21, 2014 (with a resubmission on December 18, 2014) based on its work to create a plan for community transformation that integrates its efforts in economic development, education, workforce development, health and mental health, and social services (see the Promise Zone FAQ for more information).
On April 28, 2015, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 6 cities selected as Second Round Promise Zones. Although New Haven was not designated as a federal Promise Zone, it was chosen as one of 10 finalists out of 123 applications. The process of bringing together so many organizations and initiatives in the city to build the Promise Zone application then merged to develop the City Transformation Plan as a broader citywide effort.
The City is resubmitting an application for the final round of Promise Zone designations in Round 3, due February 23, 2016.
How We Work: Collective Impact
In developing the City Transformation Plan and applying for the Promise Zone designation, New Haven has used a strategy of collective impact. The idea of collective impact was first described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011 as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem” (full article). Under collective impact, organizations coordinate their work toward a common goal, rather than each having isolated goals and agendas.
Resources & Materials
Resources from Round 2:
Round 2 application narrative (December 2014)
Round 2 summary of goals and strategies
Materials related to Round 3 application will be posted here when available.