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San Diego Promise Zone

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The San Diego Promise Zone, on June 6, 2016, became one of 22 federally designated Promise Zones in the United States and one of only four in California. The San Diego Promise Zone (SDPZ) covers a 6.4-square-mile targeted area that spans East Village and Barrio Logan east to Encanto and Emerald Hills and is home to the City’s most disadvantaged and underserved communities.

More than 77,000 San Diegans live in SDPZ. Unemployment is high (15.61 percent), and poverty is concentrated (39.06 percent). The area struggles with low educational attainment, insufficient access to healthcare and healthy foods, rising crime rates and the least affordable housing in the country.

Through the PDF icon Promise Zone initiative, federal government partners work with local leaders to streamline resources across agencies and deliver comprehensive support. Leading the effort, the City has partnered with numerous local organizations and agencies to develop programs and initiatives in six Working Group goal areas to improve quality of life and accelerate revitalization in the SDPZ.

The Promise Zone designation lasts for 10 years. The goals can be reviewed in thePDF icon SDPZ Ten Year Strategic Plan

For more information about the SDPZ, contact the City of San Diego Promise Zone Director Katherine Crow at 619-533-6474.

SDPZ is recruiting a new cohort of AmeriCorps VISTAs

Position descriptions:

PDF icon SDPZ VISTA Outreach Associate

PDF icon SDPZ VISTA Communications Associate

PDF icon SDPZ VISTA Development & Fundraising Associate

Questions about the positions can be sent to Alex Southard, Promise Zone Coordinator at [email protected]

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.

San Diego Promise Zone Working Groups

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Get Involved

  • Attend a Working Group Meeting. Working Group Meetings are held monthly. Check out the Promise Zone Events Calendar for the meeting schedule and meeting notes.
  • Sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on SDPZ news and community events.

Community Survey Results

Measuring Success

To measure and track progress, Working Groups have developed a series of San Diego Promise Zone Data Indicators available here.

Review last year's achievements in the 2018 PDF icon SDPZ Annual Report.

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