Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI)

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A Message From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

​We launched our Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) in April 2012. This initiative focuses on uplifting 6 neighborhoods in the county that face significant economic, health, public safety and educational challenges.

​TNI grew out of the successful Summer Crime initiative, a police-directed endeavor that put extra resources in 5 neighborhoods acutely affected by violent crime. We evaluated data collected and determined that we could have a greater impact on raising the quality of life in areas deemed most in need of help by taking a more holistic approach to addressing the challenges of troubled communities.

​Brief Overview of TNI

​The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) is an effort by the county to focus on uplifting 6 neighborhoods in the county that face significant economic, health, public safety and educational challenges. Through this initiative, the county will improve the quality of life in those neighborhoods, while identifying ways to improve service delivery throughout the county for all residents.​


​To achieve the County Executive’s Vision of a Thriving Economy, Great Schools, Safe Neighborhoods and High Quality Healthcare by targeting cross-governmental resources to neighborhoods that have significant needs.


​The objective is to improve key indicators in the targeted areas. These indicators include violent crime, property crime, 3rd grade and 5th grade reading and math scores, school absentee rates, foreclosure rates, concentrations of Section 8 housing, income levels, pedestrian deaths/injuries and residents on public assistance. At different times, and perhaps in different locations, some indicators may be more important than others. These indicators will impact the major indicator of neighborhood health - property values - which we will also track over time.

Note: These indicators are not all inclusive, but they are the ones that were available to us at the neighborhood level (Census Designated Place (CDP). We are open to adding indicators if the data is available by CDP).

The 6 areas of the County that have been identified for Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI):

  • East Riverdale / Bladensburg
  • Glassmanor / Oxon Hill
  • Hillcrest Heights / Marlow Heights
  • Kentland / Palmer Park
  • Lagley Park
  • Suitland / Coral Hills

Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative

  • Begin CountyStat sessions
  • Community Outreach and Service Location Identification
  • Continue Program
  • Convene Teams to initiate development of Neighborhood Action Plan
  • Identify and Engage Teams
  • Identify Target Areas
  • Implement Neighborhood Action Plans

Improve Key Indicators in the Targeted Areas

  • 3rd and 5th grade Reading and Math Scores
  • Concentrations of Section 8 Housing
  • Foreclosure Rates
  • Income Levels
  •  Pedestrian Deaths/Injuries
  • Property Crime
  • Residents on Public Assistance
  • School Absentee Rates
  • Violent Crime