Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the final round of Promise Zone designations – high-poverty areas in select urban, rural and tribal communities where the federal government will work strategically with local leaders to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas. Here is a statement from U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. on the announcement.
"I've seen first-hand the benefits of comprehensive community services for children and families. Too often, high poverty goes hand-in-hand with lower graduation rates, increased violence and high unemployment. A Promise Zone designation makes it easier for local leaders to pull together all the assets and services families need to thrive."