San Diego Promise Zone
A swath of San Diego was designated in 2016 as San Diego Promise Zone (SDPZ) that will provide funding to address key areas to the City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The targeted area stretches from East Village and Barrio Logan in the West to Encanto and Emerald Hills in the East. It has a population of more than 77,000 residents.
Through the Promise Zone initiative, the federal government partners are paired with local leaders to streamline resources across agencies and deliver comprehensive support.
Locally, the SDPZ is characterized as having high unemployment (15.61 percent), low educational attainment, insufficient access to healthy food, concentrated poverty (39.06 percent), rising crime rates and the least affordable housing in the country.
The City has partnered with numerous organizations and agencies in the San Diego area to establish the SDPZ. The partners have collectively identified six goals for the SDPZ to improve quality of life and accelerate revitalization. The goals include creating jobs, improving economic activity, reducing violent crime, increasing educational opportunities, providing better access to quality affordable housing, and promoting health and access to healthcare.
The SDPZ can build upon recent rezoning, the vacant land located a long high-traffic corridors and the central location well-served by public transit to bring an economic surge to these underserved communities.
The newly designated SDBZ will receive customized federal support including preferred access to certain competitive federal investments that further the SDPZ strategies and designated, locally based federal staff to help implement the six goals and navigate federal programs. The Promise Zone designation lasts for 10 years and becomes effective on October 1, 2016.
Read more about the City's plan to improve the quality of life in the San Diego Promise Zone.