CAVILE: A VISION FOR THE STOP SIX COMMUNITY
Fort Worth Housing Solutions is one of five finalists for a $35 million HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) grant, which, if received, will drive the transformation of the Cavile Place neighborhood in Stop Six. The City of Fort Worth is the co-applicant, and the awards are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.
The agency spent much of the summer engaging with residents and citizens to hear their ideas for a vibrant, healthy community. Partners such as Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Wesleyan, the Fort Worth Public Library and Fort Worth ISD gathered in the Cavile Place community room for focused discussions on expanding resources as part of the transformation plan.
The agency’s consultants for the application, McCormack Baron Salazar and Urban Strategies, have a successful track record in Choice Neighborhood projects.
Originally developed in 2013, the 2019 update to the comprehensive transformation plan capitalizes on the Stop Six neighborhoods abundant assets – multiple churches, green spaces, and strong relationships with both K-12 and higher education institutions – and offers fresh approaches for remedying persistent challenges, including a large number of vacant lots and substandard housing.
Most importantly, the plan honors the neighborhood’s rich history, preserves its character, and seeks to restore both its vibrancy and livability. It is aligned with three goals of the CNI initiative:
HOUSING: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
PEOPLE: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and education; and
NEIGHBORHOOD: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
The agency has already begun addressing the community’s housing needs. It partnered with McCormack Baron Salazar to apply for 9% Low-Income Tax Credits to develop a mixed-income apartment community for seniors. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will notify recipients in July.