San Diego Promise Zone
SAN DIEGO - A swath of San Diego has been designated by the Obama Administration as a 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 extending to Encanto and Emerald Hills in the East with a population of just over 77,000 residents.
Through President Obama’s Promise Zone initiative, 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%), low educational attainment, insufficient access to healthy food, concentrated poverty (39.06%), 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 areas include creating jobs, improving economic activity, reducing violent crime, increasing educational opportunities, better access to quality affordable housing, and promoting health and access to healthcare. (See attachment for details.)
Recent rezoning, vacant land located a long high-traffic corridors, and a central location that is well-served by public transit are assets the SDPZ can build upon to bring an economic surge to these underserved communities.
The newly designated San Diego Promise Zone will receive customized federal support including preferred access to certain competitive federal investments that further the San Diego Promise Zone strategies and federal staff on the ground to help implement the six goals and navigate federal programs. The Promise Zone designation is for a period of 10 years and becomes effective on October 1, 2016.