CDBG Program Office


In May, HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program Office released a new resource guide developed by neighborhood change expert Michael Schubert entitled “Designing and Directing Neighborhood Change: How to Be More Intentional and Effective”. This resource walks readers through how to embark on building a positive neighborhood image, stabilize the housing market, improve physical conditions and strengthen the social fabric in the neighborhood, using real examples. It also includes a number of worksheets that can help shape more effective strategies for neighborhood change.

The Guide points out that Revitalization efforts focus too much on managing programs rather than managing outcomes. Success is too often defined as spending down all of the allocated funds. The guide is meant to be a companion on this necessary journey of rethinking neighborhood revitalization. It is an invitation to go deeper into understanding how neighborhoods work so they can work better, and to move from simply managing programs to managing neighborhood change.

The focus of this guide is on four areas:
(1) building a positive neighborhood image
(2) stabilizing the housing market
(3) improving physical conditions
(4) strengthening the social fabric in neighborhoods.

The guide provides a framework for action around four pillars – neighborhood image, the local real estate market, physical conditions, and the capacity for neighborhood management. It offers a working definition of neighborhood health and explores the components of that definition.

(1) Neighborhood Confidence
(2) Predictability
(3) Trust and Social Capital
(4) Collective Efficacy

A copy of this guide can be downloaded at:

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