Select Page


Elk Grove A Finalist In Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge

Elk Grove A Finalist In Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge

Elk Grove is one of 35 Champion Cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge. In other words, Elk Grove has earned a top spot in a national competition and is moving on to the next phase. The grand prize is a $5 million dollar grant. 

Cities across the United States submit proposals that will use technology and innovation to solve major issues within their districts. Elk Grove’s proposal is to create a universal rental application that would match applicants to homes for which they meet the minimum qualifications.

According to the proposal, most low-income residents in Elk Grove spend more than 30% of their income on housing. In addition, the cost of moving can be a burden due to costly application fees. Because of this, the proposal seeks to streamline the application process while also reducing its cost. This could benefit upwards of 1,000 households in Elk Grove.

Cities wishing to compete in the Mayors Challenge submitted bold, creative, and fresh ideas to address major issues. The main criteria for selecting finalists is that the proposals must have vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities. Elk Grove mayor Steve Ly said the plan could “create a blueprint that could help countless others in California and throughout the country.”

Previous winners around the world addressed diverse issues including childhood obesity, urban sprawl, and climate change. In addition to Elk Grove, three other California cities made the Champion Cities list: Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, and Vallejo.

Now that the finalists have been selected, the competition moves to a six-month “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase. During this phase, Elk Grove will refine and test the proposal before submitting a detailed proposal in August.

The grand prize for the competition is a $5 million grant. Four more cities will receive $1 million each. Therefore, the potential impact is tremendous. The winner will be announced in October.


Subscribe to Elk Grove Tribune via Email

Just enter your email address below and you’ll get an email every time we publish a new post!


About The Author

Brianna Silvia

Brianna is a California native and Elk Grove transplant. She graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition and works for the State of California as a trainer. She is a wife, mother to a wild child, and self-described craftaholic. In addition to every craft under the sun Brianna enjoys reading, table-top games, and spends way too much time on social media.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health Ads

Pop’s Premium Meat Shop

Pops Ad

Cryo Me

Cryo Me

Law Office of Christopher Parkhurst Criminal Defense Law Firm

Christopher Parkhurst

Law Office of Cameron M. Fernandez Family Law Firm


Journey To The Dumpling

Fish & Things Poke Bar

Fish & Things

Waza Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Waza Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Portfolio Real Estate


Happy Garden

Happy Garden

HP Real Estate

HP Real Estate

Imagine Play

Elk Grove News


Funderland Amusement Park

Please Support Our Partners

Sacramento Kids Events | Things To Do in Sacramento with Kids

Sign the Language Immersion Petition