Reaching for the future, grounded in the past.

  • People

    Strengthen community, help residents achieve full potential and link them to supportive services.

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  • Neighborhood

    Create a safe neighborhood with access to jobs, green spaces, businesses and amenities.

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  • Housing

    Transform community into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable.

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Choice Neighborhood Initiative Planning

HUD launched the Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CN) program in 2010 to help local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into sustainable, mixed-income communities of choice. New Bern is one of only 9 planning grant recipients nationwide for 2013!


People. Neighborhood. Housing.
The Choice Neighborhoods process is a community-driven planning effort to rebuild and revitalize New Bern’s “Greater Five Points Area.” Transformation of this area goes far beyond addressing the physical structure of public and private housing. The broader community will also be strengthened by improving resident self-sufficiency and integrating them into the larger social, economic and physical fabric of the neighborhood and city. The Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan will also create momentum for the private sector to revitalize and rebuild local businesses.