The planning process will be led by the City of Huntington in cooperation with the HuntingtonWV Housing Authority. The entire process will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and coordinated by Camiros with Blacks in Green, Landon Bone Baker, and the Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University. The Choice planning team will also work with residents, non-profit organizations, and local businesses to create a Plan that reflects the visions and aspirations of the entire community. Meet the team:
The community is the residents who live, work, and play in the Fairfield neighborhood and the businesses, organizations, and anchor institutions within and beyond the neighborhood who invest their time, skills and money toward the continued improvement of the quality of the neighborhood, and the quality of life of its residents.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
CITY OF HUNTINGTON
The City of Huntington most recently had Plan 2025: The Future of Huntington approved by the City Council in December of 2013. Since then the city has been working to move forward with the Plan’s vision, goals, and objectives including the Huntington Innovation Plan and winning “America’s Best Community,” in April 2017. All of which, contributed to the city’s application and an eventual award for the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning grant.
THE HUNTINGTON WV HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority (HWVHA) was formed April 1, 1938, and the Northcott Court public housing project was built in 1940. HWVHA meets the needs of over 5,000 individuals and families with 907 apartments and houses available for lease and another 1512 units available through a subsidized rental program.
Camiros, Ltd. is a nationally recognized planning firm based in Chicago who has worked to build sustainable communities since 1976. Camiros has served as the Planning Coordinator for the successful Ellis Heights CNI Planning Grant for the Rockford, Illinois Housing Authority, awarded in 2012; the Rosewood CNI Planning Grant for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, awarded in 2013; and the Buena Vida CNI Planning Grant for the The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (HACB), awarded in 2018. Camiros is also currently working with the City of Chicago Heights on their Choice Neighborhoods Plan.
BLACKS IN GREEN
For 10 years, Blacks in Green (BIG) has worked as a community development corporation recognized for their thought leadership in green community economic development planning. Their mission is to mainstream “The City of Villages” – where every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, and walk-to-play, especially in African American neighborhoods.
LANDON BONE BAKER ARCHITECTS
Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA) is an architectural firm that has earned a strong reputation for bringing responsible design to affordable housing and neighborhood planning. The firm’s growing portfolio of projects ranges from large to small-scale urban developments; from single-room-occupancy buildings to affordable apartment rehabilitations; from daycare centers to comprehensive community centers. LBBA strives to provide good design in a respectful way to the many lower and middle-income residents and communities throughout the U.S.
CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND RESEARCH (CBER)
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University was established in 1994 to enhance regional economic development endeavors. CBER has developed a strong reputation by providing independent analysis and quality research to aid clients with economic and policy choices for nearly two decades.