The Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA) Program concentrates funds in areas showing the greatest needs and opportunities for revitalization as determined by income and other socio-economic criteria and trends. Arlington’s low and moderate-income neighborhoods are designated NSAs under the federal Community Development Block Grant Program.
Program in Brief
The Neighborhood Strategy Area program is designed to maximize the impact and effectiveness of Arlington’s neighborhood revitalization efforts by concentrating Community Development Block Grant funds and other resources in a small number of low and moderate income neighborhoods. Participating neighborhoods are called Neighborhood Strategy Areas (NSAs).
Following release of HUD income eligibility data derived from the 2000 Census the NSA program classified 11 of Arlington’s eligible areas into three tiers, according to need and level of planning assistance. The three tiers are Neighborhood Focus Areas (NFAs), Neighborhood Enhancement Areas (NEAs) and Neighborhood Outreach Areas (NOAs). The following table highlights the difference in needs among the areas and services planned and summarizes how each area is classified. Neighborhood-level data from the 2010 Census is expected to be available in late 2013. At that point, current Neighborhood Strategy Areas will be re-assessed for eligibility.