“Neighborhoods of Opportunity” Report Highlighted at Revitalization Conference
In July, OII staff from Promise Neighborhoods participated in the Neighborhood Revitalization Conference, hosted by the United Neighborhood Centers of America. The conference featured the release of Building Neighborhoods of Opportunity, a report from the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which highlights key lessons from organizations that are revitalizing neighborhoods across the country.
The report is designed to help neighborhood policymakers and revitalization practitioners who are interested in designing and managing programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Five key elements of neighborhood revitalization are identified, and a strategy for “braiding” federal, state, local, and private funding sources is explained, with on-the-ground examples of revitalized neighborhoods such as the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation that has successfully combined federal funding with the local resources of school and community partners to dramatically improve school performance.