PEOPLE FIRST OFFICE IN TIDEWATER GARDENS IS OPEN!
We're located at 447, 453 and 461 Walke Street. Hours are 8:30A-5P Monday-Friday. Here are some frequently asked questions about relocation and People First:
1. Will all of the residents in Tidewater Gardens, Calvert Square and Young Terrace have to move out at the same time, or will people move out in phases?
Move-out and demolition/rebuild will be done in phases. Tidewater Gardens is the first public housing community to move because of the tremendous flooding in the area and the impact to residents. The HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiative Grant was applied for Tidewater Gardens. We are a finalist, and if we are awarded the grant, it will provide $30 million towards rebuilding that community. Within each community phase, there are also phases. 187 families are in phase one of the Tidewater Gardens move.
2. If Tidewater Gardens moves first, who’s next? How long will it take before all residents have moved from the St. Paul’s area?
All requests for phased redevelopment of public housing must be approved by HUD. The current thinking regarding the phased redevelopment sequencing, subject to further community engagement and discussions, is that vacating and clearing of units would begin with Tidewater Gardens, followed by Young Terrace, and then followed by Calvert Square.
A CNI award provides approval to begin relocation and demolition of Tidewater Gardens. If CNI is not awarded, NRHA must apply to HUD through a separate process to receive permission to begin relocation and demolition. The timeline on that process is unknown at this time. If CNI is awarded, a grant agreement would be put in place over the next couple of months and the earliest notification from HUD to families residing in the first phase of Tidewater Gardens would occur sometime in the summer of 2019. Demolition of the first phase of Tidewater Gardens would occur in early 2020.
During the 2020 Annual Plan period (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021), NRHA would plan to seek NRHA board approval to proceed with the submission of a phased demolition application for the Young Terrace community. Approval from HUD and the initial notification of families residing in the first phase of Young Terrace would occur in the summer of 2021.
The phased demolition application for the Calvert Square community would be proposed in the 2023 Annual Plan process (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024). Approval from HUD and the initial notification of families residing in the first phase of Calvert Square would occur in the summer of 2024. Demolition of the first phase of Calvert Square would occur in early 2025. If approved by the NRHA Board of Commissioners and HUD, relocation and transformation would occur throughout all three communities until all phases are complete.
While the beginning of the redevelopment process in the three communities is anticipated to be staggered, the work in each community is expected to take place over ten years or more, resulting in concurrent activities once each community begins.
This is a very fluid schedule and is subject to change depending on a variety of factors including financing, community support, etc.
3. We were told People First would be ready in 2018, but no company has been hired yet. When can we expect People First services?
The People First initiative began in August 2018 when we announced the first move-out phase in Tidewater Gardens. People First is the umbrella term for all transformative services being provided to residents. Some of the services are already being provided. These services are customized for each resident/family and participation is completely voluntary.
The current RFP seeks vendor(s) to manage the overall program, build additional staffing capacity and/or provide additional services, for example, mobility services or family coaching, to name a few. The RFP for People First Services were modified to better fit the needs of the community. New proposals are due March 6. These proposals will be reviewed and interviews will begin. The award by April with implementation to begin late summer.
4. What is Norfolk doing right now to provide individual help for people in the St. Paul’s area?
As previously stated, People First launched in August 2018 when we announced the first move-out phase. 187 Tidewater Gardens families were provided a personal point of contact who were connecting residents with services. Workshops in the community began on a variety of topics as well. A People First team of Department of Human Services caseworkers is working with families to conduct assessments of individual family needs, connecting those families and individuals to services if they were not already receiving support and mapping out plans to achieve specific goals.
It’s not just city staff. United Way is a People First partner and providing confidential tracking software for service and outcomes in addition to financial support for coaching.
As part of the City’s BankOn program, a customized BankOn program was created specifically for Tidewater Gardens residents focusing on budgeting and credit repair (70 residents participating in first class – 6 month program). We have also provided workshops on how to be “Rent Ready” and Housing Choice Vouchers – How They Work. These programs and others will continue and be incorporated into the work of the People First contractor once they are on board. The goal is to make a seamless transition.
The People First office for Tidewater Gardens opened on Friday, March 1 at 447, 453 and 461 Walke Street. Hours are 8:30A-5P Monday-Friday. Residents can also find out information by calling our People First hotline – 314-2000; visiting our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St.PaulsNFK/; or our website https://www.stpaulsdistrict.org/.