The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) seeks to revitalize struggling neighborhoods in a comprehensive way through three primary areas of focus: housing, people, and neighborhoods. This national initiative is designed to be locally-driven, with the needs of each community being the measuring stick for success.
In housing, CNI's goal is to replace degraded and distressed public housing units with well managed mixed-income housing. For the residents, the initiative's objectives are to improve educational and vocational outcomes, with supportive services provided to adults and youth. And, for the broader neighborhood, CNI seeks to promote the necessary conditions for reinvestment, bringing with it proper amenities such as safe streets and decent schools.
In Pittsburgh, CNI currently takes place in two public housing properties, East Liberty Gardens and Hamilton Larimer. Partner4Work contracts with United Labor Agency to offer onsite CareerLink services that provide intensive workforce services to the families in these communities. As a result of these efforts, neighborhood residents have found full-time employment, and several teens received paid work experience through the summer Learn and Earn Program. CNI continues until 2020.