Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Area

Footprint of the City's Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas

Overview

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has stressed coordinated marshalling of resources by communities in order to enact comprehensive revitalization strategies. HUD seeks to create opportunities in neighborhoods by facilitating the investment of human and economic capital and economically empowering low-income residents. These strategies rely upon partnerships among federal and local governments, the private sector, community organizations and neighborhood residents.

Entitlement communities, those guaranteed funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, may define a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Area. This Area must be primarily residential in character and meet the threshold for low/moderate income residents, which for Cambridge is 55.75% of residents. Within in this Area the City receives much greater flexibility in the use of  CDBG funds. The duration of the Strategy is 5 years.

Both One Year Action Plans and Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports incorporate the NRS as a component of the Community Development Department’s activities.

NRS in Cambridge

The City has two NRS Areas, East and West, that, while physically separate, are treated the same programmatically. The demographic data used in determining boundaries of each area is 2000 U.S. Census blockgroup data.

The city's NRS East Area is centered on the Central Square district, and radiates out to include portions of the Riverside, Cambridgeport, Area Four, East Cambridge and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods. The East Area extends from the Charles River by Riverside and Cambridgeport to the Somerville border adjacent to Wellington-Harrington and also includes a small portion of soon to be developed land in East Cambridge, where Binney Street meets Galileo Way. This area includes predominately residential neighborhoods with the highest populations of low/moderate income and minority residents. Though the area is large and extends beyond several City defined neighborhoods, it represents a large contiguous area of residents who all face similar challenges.

The NRS West Area focuses on 402 Rindge Avenue and the Fresh Pond Apartments and extends along Massachusetts Avenue to the Arlington line, incorporating areas in North Cambridge and Neighborhood 9. This area represents predominately residential neighborhoods, and includes the highest populations of low/moderate income and minority residents.

Though both portions of the NRS Area extend beyond City defined Neighborhoods, each represents a large contiguous area of residents who all face similar challenges.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy for FY2011 to FY2015

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Map 

For More Information

For more information, please contact Robert Keller at rkeller@cambridgema.gov or 617/469-4602.