Trauma Informed Community Building Evaluation

A Formative Evaluation of the TICB Model and its Implementation in Potrero Hill

Posted July 20, 2015
By HOPE SF Learning Center
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For decades, traumatic experiences have been endemic in public housing communities such as the Potrero Terrace and Annex (PTA) in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, Calif. Such units were rife with community violence, concentrated poverty, structural racism, depravation and isolation. In 2011, San Francisco started HOPE SF, the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization project to tackle these monumental issues. A new community-building approach evolved as resident trauma and chronic stress made it tough to implement traditional redevelopment strategies. This new approach acknowledged chronic health and safety issues and became known as the Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) model.  

This evaluation examines the TICB model and its implementation in the PTA public housing community and informs efforts to implement the model in other communities. The report is synthesized in a TICB infographic.

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Key Takeaway

Relationships and physical activity promote more than health. They impact communities.

What’s working? Promoting positive family interactions, decreasing resident isolation and fostering community relationships are all strategies of the TICB model that help combat the effects of stress and trauma. What’s missing? Promoting physical activity and health is being included as a result of this evaluation. This new core principle is well known to have positive impacts on stressed individuals, exactly what the TICB model is trying to achieve.