HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 2.7 - Improve the Economic and Social Development of Distressed Communities


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will promote active involvement of HHS grantees in support of comprehensive community development networks. Our strategy will include:House hit by a tornado

  • continuing investment in community-based organizations, such as Community Action Agencies, that plan, coordinate, and link a range of categorical federal, state, local, and private assistance in a manner responsive to local needs.

  • offering priority funding to Empowerment Zones, Enterprise Communities, Native American communities, and other distressed communities pursuing comprehensive strategic plans for revitalization, through grant criteria in various HHS programs.

  • encouraging health and human service programs to play a lead role in comprehensive community development efforts, such as Healthy Start involvement in community development programs.

We will strengthen the economic infrastructure within distressed communities to establish the foundation for a stable environment. Our strategy will include:

  • encouraging participation in interagency "new market" initiatives to spur private investment in distressed communities through financial assistance to programs that target job creation for low-income individuals (e.g., financial and technical assistance to private employers, self-employment/ microenterprise programs, and business development programs).

    2.7 implementation strategies
    • Supporting Community Development Networks
    • Economic Infrastructure Development
    • Developing Community Institutions/Civic Capital
  • leveraging HHS-funded programs (such as federally funded health centers, which generated nearly $3 billion in economic activity within distressed communities in FY 1999) to serve as catalysts for community economic development through job creation and utilization of local markets.

We will enhance the capacity of community-based institutions and development of civic capital to enable communities to collaborate more effectively, amass sufficient resources, and create synergies in addressing mutual difficulties and challenges. Our focus will include:

  • providing training, technical assistance, and related instructional materials to community-based organizations, to support planning, program development, resource identification and coordination.

  • sponsoring programs that develop community leadership and empower residents to participate in the design and implementation of programs that best meet local needs, such as in the areas of substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health, HIV/AIDS services and treatment, and child development.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • establishing performance measurement scales and systems that assess and correlate family, organizational, and community well-being.

  • providing technical assistance and funding to low income communities and provider organizations in the communities to develop health care delivery systems and priority primary care services.

  • providing financial incentives to encourage low-income individuals to save for purchasing homes and starting businesses.