City hosting info sessions on future of NRP

Now that a group of city officials has decided to continue the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), the form that NRP takes is up for debate.

The city is hosting five information sessions through early February to help residents understand how NRP might work after 2009.

The current version of NRP allocates money to neighborhood groups based on factors like population, crime rates, substandard housing, median income, property ownership and the health index. The neighborhoods with the most pressing needs receive the most money, and the groups must use 70 percent of their funding on housing-related expenses. The current funding source that is estimated to bring in about $70 million through 2009 is scheduled to expire.

Four city council members, the NRP director and the mayor’s policy aide have proposed that after 2009, neighborhoods should receive $2 million annually for administration. Along with that funding, neighborhoods would get some type of regular funding allocation, and they could also compete for grants that would pay for local initiatives.

The size of the “neighborhood investment fund” is not yet proposed, and none of the funding sources identified as options would be fully within the city’s control.

Information sessions will take place at the following dates and times:
• Tuesday, Jan. 22. 6:30–8 p.m., Sibley Recreation Center
, 1900 E. 40th St.
• Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7–8:30 p.m., Eastside Neighborhood Services, 
17th Ave. NE & Second St. NE
• Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30–8 p.m., Folwell Recreation Center, 
1615 Dowling Ave. N.
• Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7–8:30 p.m., Lynnhurst Recreation Center
, 1345 W. Minnehaha Parkway
• Monday, Feb. 4, 12–1:30 p.m., City Hall room 319
, 350 S. 5th St.

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