In January 2010 Living Cities launched “The Integration Initiative,” a multi-year effort designed to advance successful models for effective urban investment and transformation. Building upon Living Cities’ long history of investing in cities and acknowledging both the power and limitations of the neighborhood as a lever for change, the Integration Initiative seeks to drive a broader perspective that recognizes the role systems and regions must play in increasing economic prosperity for low-income people. After a competitive selection process, a pool of $75-80 million in grants, program-related investments (PRIs), and senior debt will be awarded this fall to up to five cities committed to integrative and sustainable approaches to revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting low?income people to opportunities in their region.
Goals of TII
The Integration Initiative seeks to improve the lives of low-income people in significant and measurable ways:
Living Cities received 23 proposals from 19 cities currently working to tackle widespread social and economic problems among their low-income residents. From this pool - Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, Newark, the Twin Cities, and San Francisco – were chosen as finalists to submit full proposals this spring.