NRP Recognized by the United Nations for Improving Quality of Life
On June 8, 2000, the United Nations (UN) Centre for Human Settlements placed the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program on its elite Global 100 Best Practices List.
Best Practices are initiatives that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in cities and communities around the world. In 2000, more than 750 organizations representing 110 countries were considered for Best Practices Awards.
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picture of the UN Award.
In a letter to the NRP, United Nations representative Bill Kagai wrote: "The commitment and willingness of people and their communities to share experiences is tangible evidence of the usefulness and validity of the best practices approach as a means of promoting the exchange and transfer of knowledge, expertise and experience in an increasingly interdependent and democratizing world."
The NRP's submission to the United Nations highlighted an extremely successful effort by Stevens Square neighborhood residents to address the issue of affordable housing by teaming with private property owners to renovate and rehabilitate 618 units in 23 low-income apartment buildings.
The NRP was one of only three programs from the Unites States to be recognized by the United Nations.
National Excellence Award for the City Summit (Habitat II)
NRP Wins National Excellence Award
Minneapolis, MN -- February 12, 1995 -- The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program today received word that the program was selected as a winner of the "National Excellence Award for the City Summit (Habitat II)" for being an outstanding example of community building in the United States. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs Development (HUD) Secretary Henry Cisneros made the announcement that the NRP had won the award during a press conference today in New York City.
"It is a great honor for the NRP to receive this prestigious award," said Bob Miller, NRP Director. "We accept the award on behalf of the residents of Minneapolis who have committed themselves to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our city. This award recognizes their accomplishments."
The NRP was one of 25 award recipients chosen from among 175 submissions from 35 states. A national committee, chaired by Secretary Cisneros chose the program after a site evaluation and multiple reviews.
As a winner of the award, the NRP is being highlighted in a HUD book entitled "Communities at Work: Addressing the Urban Challenge." If you would like to obtain a copy of the book, please call HUD at (202) 708-1112.