Choice Neighborhoods
Choice Neighborhoods

In December 2022, the Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro (HACG) and the City of Goldsboro were awarded a $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the West Haven Neighborhood. (Project Summary Below)

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) is a grant from HUD to transform distressed neighborhoods and public housing into mixed-income neighborhoods linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs.​  Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  • ​​​HOUSING - Replace distressed public housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.

  • PEOPLE - Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.

  • ​​NEIGHBORHOOD - Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families' choices about their community.​ 

Choice Neighborhoods Lead Grantee: Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro (HACG)
Choice Neighborhoods Co-Grantee: City of Goldsboro
Target Public Housing Project: West Haven Apartments
Target Neighborhood: West Haven
Choice Neighborhoods Grant Amount: $500,000

Project Summary: The West Haven neighborhood is one of Goldsboro's oldest neighborhoods with a rich history and heritage. Within the neighborhood's boundaries is the Goldsboro Historic District, and Downtown Goldsboro, the focus of shopping and community events. The West Haven Apartments target housing site is located less than one mile from the center of Downtown Goldsboro yet is very isolated from the downtown and other community assets. The development is sandwiched between a limited-access highway and freight railroad tracks. Meanwhile, the nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a major asset for the Goldsboro community, but the city currently faces a housing shortage of 3,000 housing units for military and support staff serving at the base. The $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant award presents an opportunity to redevelop the severely distressed West Haven apartments, create a mixed-income development that meets the housing needs of current residents and military personnel, and enhances access to community assets. The Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro and the City have assembled a strong group of partners, including local nonprofits, builders and developers, neighborhood organizations, and churches, to support the planning process and develop a plan that benefits both West Haven residents and the greater community.

Additional Resources:

For more information about the Choice Neighborhoods program, visit

For additional information on the Choice Neighborhoods plan for Goldsboro (West Oak), visit