Frequently Asked Questions
What is ULI?
ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a professional membership organization for individuals working in real estate, development, urban planning, and public service. Houston has a local chapter of members.
Where is the project funding coming from?
ULI’s National Office provides funding to local chapters specifically to begin conversations about racial equity from a planning and development perspective. The funding was provided to ULI National by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Where is the project funding going?
All the funding will be used for engagement efforts, but a portion of the funding is going to community ambassadors. None of the project partners will be receiving funds for their time.
How will the community benefit from this project?
Using a collaborative approach will bring residents, non-profits, and the private and public sector to the table to produce actionable solutions. This process includes many opportunities for the community to voice their needs, concerns, and ideas.
Who are the project partners?
Harris County Public Health is the county health department and provides comprehensive health services and programs to the community.
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research builds better cities and improves people’s lives by bringing together data, research, engagement, and action.
The Houston Land Bank acquires vacant, abandoned, and damaged properties and turns them into productive uses, like affordable housing.
ULI Houston is a non-profit real estate and land development organization focused on education and research for its public and private sector members.
What is the project Leadership Committee?
The Leadership Committee is a group of individuals with backgrounds ranging from health, social and racial equity, housing, environmental justice, and public health as well as local government. They are steering the project with a health and equity lens to provide an Action Agenda for Change.
How is this different from the Houston Land Bank’s Settegast Neighborhood Plan?
The Land Bank is creating a Plan for mixed-income housing development in the undeveloped area of Settegast that aligns with the neighborhood’s vision for the future.
This project is a community engagement and health equity planning effort. It will look at community needs related to housing, parks, roads and infrastructure to determine how to improve health and well-being outcomes.
Why not use the previous community plan?
The Houston Hope plan for Settegast was completed 14 years ago in 2006 and the needs of the community may have changed. This effort brings the community, local organizations, developers, and local government to the table to discuss current needs and fill gaps.
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