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What is Choice Neighborhoods?

Choice Neighborhoods is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) signature place-based initiative that provides grants to support locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation with the focus on three core goals, including Housing, People, and Neighborhood.

The purpose of the Choice Neighborhoods
Implementation Grant is to leverage local investment to
achieve the comprehensive revitalization proposed in
the Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan.

The Paseo GatewayTransformation Plan will become the catalyst for the balanced, sustained revitalization of the Paseo
Gateway District in Kansas City, MO and its three neighborhoods of Pendleton Heights, Paseo West,
and Independence Plaza. This plans will creatively harness and redirect downtown revitalization—while simultaneously improving the lives of public housing residents.

The Paseo Gateway Implementation Team consist of the Housing Authority of Kansas City (HAKC), City of Kansas City, Missouri, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Brinshore Development, United Way of Greater Kansas City and Mattie Rhodes Center.

The Paseo Gateway initiative seeks to encourage public and private investment to create a healthy and safe community while improving the housing stock and improving commercial activity.

Chouteau Courts is the public housing site located at 1220 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64106. The
134 units were completed in 1958. The site is obsolete,
isolated, and the least desirable of all the Housing
Authority’s sites. 

Yes, the residents will establish the priorities and provide guidance in the implementation of the Paseo Gateway projects and programs.