1. Description of Proposal:
All Phase II program funds are allocated directly to neighborhoods. Neighborhoods, through their NRP plans, prioritize how all their NRP funds are spent. Incentives are built into the Program to encourage neighborhoods to address community or citywide priorities.
2. Who Plans and Sets Priorities?
Every neighborhood does its own planning, and every neighborhood receives an allocation of NRP funds. Jurisdictions, neighborhoods and foundations offer incentives to encourage neighborhoods to plan at a joint neighborhood, community or citywide level.
Incentives might include the following: a jurisdiction dedicates resources to a particular project and requests that neighborhoods contribute NRP funds; a foundation initiates and funds a project and requests neighborhoods' participation; a neighborhood or group of neighborhoods proposes a project and other neighborhoods, a jurisdiction or a foundation contribute funds. The Program would encourage and facilitate these partnership opportunities.
3. How are NRP funds distributed?
All Phase II program funds are allocated directly to neighborhoods. A formula will be used, similar to Phase I, that is based on neighborhood characteristics such as population and housing condition, to determine how much each neighborhood gets.
4. How is the Housing Requirement* addressed?
To address the Housing Requirement, this proposal can use the method from either Proposal A (education and promotion) or Proposal B (hold back funds until it is sure that Housing Requirement will be met).
5. How are citywide priorities addressed?
Incentives built into the Program are the primary means used to encourage investment by neighbor-hoods in citywide priorities. Possible incentives are described above in #2. The Program would encourage and facilitate these partnership opportunities.
* The state legislation that created NRP requires that 52.5% of all NRP funds be spent on housing and housing-related activities.
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