Project Hope

What is Project Hope?

“505” is the primary census tract in Newport’s West Side Neighborhood. Although economically distressed, the West Side is a vibrant, historic neighborhood with active residents, locally owned businesses and an array of service agencies. NKU classes are partnering with many of those agencies to support their work in social services, nutrition, P-12 education, the arts, housing and other service areas.

Project Hope is designed to concentrate some of NKU’s community engagement in one geographic area to produce more impact. Service learning classes are at the core of the effort but research partnerships, internships and co-curricular activities also are part of the effort.

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Census Tract 505 Fast Facts

The Scripps Howard Center worked with the OKI Regional Council of Governments to identify the most economically distressed census tract in Northern Kentucky, as measure by U.S. Census statistics. Tract 505 was selected. Here is a sample of the data that guided our selection:

  • 17 percent of families living in the census tract earn less than $10,000 per year.
  • 42 percent of residents over 25 years of age have not received a high school diploma.
  • 18 percent of the available houses in the area are vacant in comparison to the national average of 9 percent.

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