The first week of May, 2021 the East Rome Crossing team hosted a series of visioning sessions. Visioning sessions were held with:
Adults living in John Graham Homes
Adults living in East Rome Crossing neighborhood
NWGHA Board of Commissioners
City of Rome officials
Youth from East Rome Crossing neighborhood
Youth from John Graham Homes
Resident visioning sessions included a virtual housing tour and discussion of housing in the neighborhood. The leadership sessions included questions about increase capacity to achieve the plan goals. Youth sessions included a mapping exercise and visual preference surveys.
Over 60 individuals participated in the visioning sessions. Thank you to everyone who participated in these meetings!
The results of the visioning sessions give us guidelines for how to move forward in creating a Choice Neighborhood Plan for East Rome Crossing. Results indicate that the plan should create a neighborhood that offers a unique living experience through its identity, services, businesses, and housing options. During visioning with partners and city leadership there was strong support for increasing capacity to make this vision a reality.
Over the past few months residents of John Graham Homes and the East Rome Neighborhood have participated in surveys to start to shape the East Rome Choice Neighborhoods Plan. Surveys were collected through key pad polling events, paper surveys, and online. 189 responses were collected in total. The results of these surveys will inform the creation of the Choice Neighborhood Plan for East Rome, which will drive future investment in the neighborhood.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this survey effort. Special thanks to Napoleon Fielder, Martha Donaldson and Daphene Jones-Pearson for all of their efforts in collecting surveys!
The Existing Conditions Data Book is a curated collection of data, maps and information about the Target Neighborhood to illustrate current conditions in the East Rome Choice Neighborhood Planning Area. Doing so helps contextualize the goals, objectives, and strategies that will be developed in the planning process.
If you were not able to attend the Housing Design Workshop #1, don’t worry!! A link to the meeting notes are below to read everything that was discussed. All meeting notes and planning materials can be found in the Presentations and Reports page of the website.
Where: Restoration Rome, 1400 Crane St, Rome, GA 30161
The first Housing Design Workshop will include an overview and discussion of the planning process as well as a visioning activity for improvement of the John Graham Homes through better housing, parks and playgrounds, community spaces and resources, safety, and transportation improvements. We invite everyone to be part of this exciting initiative for community growth, action and empowerment. Food and refreshments will be provided. Your ideas and feedback are important!
Welcome to the Project Website for the East Rome Choice Neighborhood Plan!
The City of Rome, Georgia and the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority (NWGHA) has recently received a Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study how to provide better housing, improved schools and youth programs, additional educational opportunities, better transportation, and access to jobs to the residents of the East Rome community.
This Plan will address how to best revitalize the distressed John Graham Homes and build off of other local efforts such as the demolition of the former Altoview Terrace Homes to help make East Rome a better place to live. We invite everyone to be a part of this exciting action-oriented process. Please take a look around this website to learn more about the East Rome Choice Neighborhood Plan, view and download our project materials as they are posted, and leave us a comment with your feedback! Below is the printed version of our FAQ.