Obama Administration Announces 9 New Promise Zones

The Obama Administration named the final nine Promise Zones across the country – high poverty areas in select urban, rural and tribal communities. Through the Promise Zone Initiative, the Federal government partners with local leaders to streamline resources across agencies and deliver comprehensive support. Increasing access to affordable housing is a key priority of the initiative.

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Nashville, Tennessee
  3. Evansville, Indiana
  4. South Los Angeles, California
  5. San Diego, California
  6. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Commission
  7. Spokane Tribe of Indians, Washington
  8. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Rolette County, North Dakota
  9. Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

“Promise Zones bring the power of partnership to a whole new level as we seek to bring opportunity to neighborhoods long locked out of their area’s prosperity,” said HUD Secretary Castro. “As a former mayor from a city that includes a Promise Zone, I know just how powerful these collaborations are when it comes to building stronger, economically vital neighborhoods.”

The newly designated Promise Zones join 13 others that President Obama designated in 2014 and 2015. These Promise Zones include targeted neighborhoods in the following communities:

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Southeastern Kentucky Highlands
  • the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sacramento, California
  • St. Louis/St. Louis County, Missouri
  • Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota
  • The South Carolina Low Country

Work is well underway in these communities and demonstrating results. For example, in Indianapolis, the IndyEast Promise Zone has already secured nearly $10 million in federal grants across seven different agencies. This support has helped develop a new energy efficient apartment building for low-income senior citizens. Oxford Place Senior Apartments will become the first net-positive energy apartment building in the state of Indiana. This housing development will provide low-income seniors with affordable housing and services designed to help them age in place.