Affiliated with the University District Partnership, the UDDC is a nonprofit organization that develops affordable housing, encourages business development, and makes neighborhood improvements within the District.
Quality of Life Goals for the University District:
- Increase Property Values and Improve Affordable Housing
- Improve Neighborhood infrastructure especially sidewalks, trails, and safe streets
- Increase levels of Personal Safety and Outdoor Activity creating an Active, Healthy Neighborhood
- Increase the number of middle-income residents living in the area
- Brings a New Identity to the University District
- Brings Marketing Momentum to the University District
- Obtained grants for Homeowners to make Improvements & Upgrades
- Has a diverse Board of Directors, rooted in the District, who interface with City, Business and Agency Officials
- Contributes to a Shift of Perceptions of the area; some of this is built upon the rising goodwill of the University
- Helps Start and Support Neighborhood Associations with ongoing Leadership Development
- Other new investments, especially the federal Promise Neighborhood grant,
- Brings New Opportunities and Partnerships for the UDDC
Vision for the Community?
- A thriving culture and entertainment destination
- Regard throughout the city as a neighborhood of choice—a walkable in-town district with excellent schools and services, vibrant commercial areas, rich cultural resources, and connections to open space and transit.
- A mix of single family and higher density housing to attract a diverse community, including many UALR faculty and staff who choose to live as well as work in the district.
- The university’s presence in the district is leveraged into resources for improving the area: technical assistance for small businesses, faculty research linked to emerging companies, improved K-12 schools, supporting families in the District
- Green space for the community created by the restoration and enhancement of Coleman Creek.
What will success look like?
- 5 miles of new sidewalks, additional trails and paths
- Gateway and District signs
- Reduced incidences of crime, code violations
- One award for outdoor activity-livability
- +60 homes improved; 30 homes refurbished, occupied +40 units in new Village development
- District 20-year housing vitality Master Plan
- Increased park pavilion uses, garden plots
- Collaborative agreements with major stakeholders (including UA Little Rock)
- Committed funding stream to sustain UDDC until 2020
Our Partnership aims to address socio-economic and environmental conditions in an urban area. This requires close working relationships between the people who live in the area and all of the businesses, nonprofit agencies, and public institutions that serve it.
Our Partners include the Neighborhood Associations, Banks, Businesses, Churches, City, County, School District and the State of Arkansas.
The UDDC operates a first-time homebuyer program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s HOME Program and a minor home improvement program entitled the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.