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Community Building to Drive Change: Strategies for the Atlanta Civic Site
Community building, the practice of working with residents and local organizations to strengthen civic life and develop responses to common challenges, has been foundational to Casey’s place-based work in Atlanta. The Foundation has made a long-term commitment to building brighter futures for low-income families and their children living in five southwest Atlanta neighborhoods — collectively known as the Atlanta Civic Site. This paper shares key principles, strategies and tactics for the community-building work in the civic site and reflects on lessons learned from more than a decade on the ground in these neighborhoods.
The Long Road From C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks
The post-Katrina redevelopment of New Orleans’ C.J. Peete public housing complex faced an extreme version of nearly every challenge such projects usually encounter. McCormack Baron Salazar, the development firm, and its nonprofit subsidiary, Urban Strategies, embraced an approach that emphasized the importance of resident involvement. While working in a tight, 18-month construction window, Urban Strategies strived to provide case management to residents scattered throughout the country with ever-changing contact information and to earn the trust of skeptical C. J. Peete leaders burned by experiences with other developers. This National Housing Institute report takes an up-close look at how those charged with redeveloping New Orleans’ C.J. Peete public housing development worked with residents throughout the process — and what they learned along the way.
Investing in New Orleans: Lessons for Philanthropy in Public Housing Redevelopment
This report explores the multifaceted partnerships that guided the post-Hurricane Katrina transformation of Central City’s C.J. Peete public housing complex into the mixed-income community now known as Harmony Oaks. The Casey Foundation, along with local and national other funders, helped revitalize the low-income neighborhood devastated by Katrina — and in doing so, took a new approach to community change, bringing together efforts to redevelop public housing and develop human capital to strengthen communities in a resident-focused and sustainable way. Investing in New Orleans highlights key aspects of and lessons from this new approach for philanthropy.
The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practices to Meet Low-Income Community Needs
Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this document accompanies "Achieving the Anchor Promise: Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children, Families and Communities," and provides infomation on dashboard indicators connected to anchor institutions.
Achieving the Anchor Promise: Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children, Families and Communities
Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this white paper helps anchor institutions measure that impact and identifies 12 key areas where they can play an effective role, drawing on more than 75 in-depth interviews with leaders of anchor institutions, national nonprofits, federal agencies and community organizations.