Perkins, Somerset, Old Town
Transformation Plan

This Transformation Plan will revolve around the redevelopment of Perkins Homes – 629 units of public housing – and the integration of this housing into the footprint of the neighborhood, which includes new thoughtfully designed and sustainable units for all income levels.

Setting a New Standard

The Perkins Transformation Plan is being developed under the framework of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) program, which was launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to guide federal investment in comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. The CNI program supports locally driven strategies to transform neighborhoods of extreme poverty into sustainable, mixed-income communities.

Three Core Goals

The Perkins Transformation Project supports a community-driven approach to neighborhood transformation. There are three main core goals:


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


Attract public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to improve the amenities and assets (ex. safety, good schools, commercial activity) available to the community.


Improve educational and economic outcomes through services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.

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A Vision for Perkins

The long-term vision of the Perkins Transformation Plan is to transform Perkins Homes and the surrounding community into a Community of Choice, that is inviting, promotes resident pride and unity among neighbors, and is integrated into the surrounding area.

The Plan Focuses On:

  • The redevelopment of Perkins Homes, a 629-unit public housing development in disrepair, to support and accommodate existing and future residents of all income types, family composition, and lifestyles.
  • A coordinated and targeted neighborhood plan that combines infrastructure improvements economic development, and public safety strategies.
  • A comprehensive human services plan that supports families to increase economic self-sufficiency and improve educational outcomes over the long term.

HABC intends to apply for a $30 million CNI grant in the next funding round, if funding is available and the plan meets eligibility requirements. Implementation of the plan will require extensive commitments from a high qualified team of committed partners and the leveraging of public and private resources to improve housing access, resident success, and neighborhood vibrancy.

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