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Promise Zone

Nashville is one of 14 urban communities designated as a Federal Promise Zone by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Nashville Promise Zone is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), the Mayor’s Office, and six implementation partners. The mission of the Promise Zone is to foster intensive partnerships among Nashville organizations that serve high-poverty neighborhoods, improve the collective impact of their service, and address revitalization through collaborative efforts. Based on this mission, the Nashville Promise Zone partners will address six primary goals:

  1. Increase access to quality affordable housing
  2. Create jobs
  3. Increase economic activity
  4. Improve educational opportunities
  5. Improve community infrastructure
  6. Reduce violent crime.

“I’m grateful for the leadership of HUD, MDHA, and the many community organizations who have stepped up to be partners in this program that will create opportunity for Nashville’s most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “By working together, by sharing data and by making resources available to community leaders, we have a chance to turn deserts of poverty into oases of hope.”

Press release: HUD Awards Nashville Communities with Promise Zone Designation