Through the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI), the City of Oklahoma City seeks to holistically improve neighborhoods through physical, social and economic investments that will tip neighborhoods toward vitality and self-sufficiency. SNI is funded by the City of Oklahoma City and with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
SNI Target Areas
Based on several neighborhood indicators, three Oklahoma City neighborhoods were chosen as SNI Target Areas: Classen Ten Penn, Classen’s North Highland Parked and Culbertson’s East Highland.
SNI neighborhoods will soon see new sidewalks, new homes under construction, existing homes being repaired, hazardous trees removed, afterschool programs and more – all in an organized effort to realize the following revitalization outcomes:
Improved quality of life—From a place to “A Place”
Engaged neighborhood groups, children & parents
Decreased turnover in neighborhood & schools
Improved property values & market stabilization
Decreased perception of crime
Reduction of vacant properties
Greater connectivity to jobs, education & services
Increased homeownership & private investment
One of the keys to the success of the SNI is openly engaging with the community and stakeholders. In this section, Staff will post SNI-related items such as reports, updates or presentations that may be of interest. 2014 STEAM Case Study 2013-2015 SNI Progress Report (Published Spring 2016)