“What we’re doing here, we describe it sometimes as building power spaces and power places. The housing here is very impressive because it was an abandoned area, and there are very impressive, well designed buildings, but at the same time, we’re creating these power spaces where people can come together and help create the future of their neighborhoods. So it’s really the two of those things coming together that creates what Hope Community is.”
People coming together to create the future of their neighborhoods.
Community celebration at Hope. Photo: Bruce Silcox
The Future is in the People
Hope’s work creates an environment with multiple opportunities – we call them entry points – where people can engage around their interests. What started out as a few programs 10 years ago is now a systematic approach to engaging people in opportunities to build more power for themselves and for their community.
Building Community: What it Takes
• Listen and then engage people around their interests: recognize culture
• Diverse staff build multi-cultural relationships
• People build on strengths and develop their leadership and ownership
• People build networks and connections is core
Our Community Engagement work impacts the broader community, not just Hope tenants, and is at the core of our community revitalization mission. This work is accomplished with a multitude of formal and informal partnerships, connections and networks.