In September, the Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority and the City of Newport News submitted a new implementation grant application for the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) to support the transformation of the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the CNI grant program, and we were hoping to hear in early 2019 whether Newport News has been selected as a finalist. However, with the partial shutdown of the federal government, HUD is currently closed, and we anticipate a delay in any announcements about the CNI implementation grant.
As a reminder, the Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority, the City of Newport News, and our community partners are committed to implementing the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood, no matter what; implementation grant funding simply would allow us to accelerate the process. In fact, implementation is well underway, and we are hosting a CNI Community Update Meeting on Jan. 15 to share details about Phase 1 of the Housing Plan, as well as updates on the People Plan and the Neighborhood Plan.
We will, of course, keep you up to date about any news regarding the CNI implementation grant application. In the meantime, please consider subscribing to our mailing list to receive the monthly newsletter an occasional special announcements, like this, and follow NewportNewsChoice on Facebook and Instagram.