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Program Overview

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GO Neighborhoods
In 2009 Houston LISC launched the GO Neighborhoods program — a multiyear place-based initiative for revitalizing Houston communities. GO Neighborhoods is a comprehensive community development approach that leverages resources by working across traditionally disconnected sectors including:  housing and real estate; family income and wealth; economic development; quality education; and healthy environments and lifestyle.  LISC defines these as essential features of a sustainable community.

Programmatic Expansion
Thanks to the generous support of core funders, including the Houston Endowment, Inc. and United Way of Greater Houston, LISC’s Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods initiative is being strengthened and expanded in 2017.

As a part of the expansion, LISC will be renewing our partnership with existing GO Neighborhoods communities, and adding 2-3 additional neighborhoods to the GO Neighborhoods network in 2017. As the network grows, LISC is looking at how to cluster all of our programmatic investments to neighborhood partners. This includes real estate capacity building, Financial Opportunity Center sites and other resources that LISC offers.  Our goal is to match LISC resources to neighborhood needs, readiness, and capacity for change.

LISC will hold Information Sessions to invite potential neighborhood partners to learn more about what a partnership with LISC can mean for them. We will also meet with all current GO Neighborhoods to craft a new partnership agreement that outlines our collaboration.

Interested in learning more? Contact Iris Gonzalez, Community Development Officer with Houston LISC: (713) 597-6837 Direct Line or igonzalez@lisc.org
To register for an upcoming information session (in May and June of 2017), click here.

Partnerships for Sustainable Communities
LISC supports community stakeholders in defining and realizing their vision for their community through GO Neighborhoods. The program has been and continues to be co-created with the communities that adopt it. GO Neighborhoods supports residents, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders as they guide the development of their community while preserving their rich culture histories.

GO Neighborhoods community partners designate a convening agency in each neighborhood to manage the program. LISC provides funding for a full-time Community Coordinator, offers technical support for community organizing, planning and program implementation, and connects the community with regional partners that can support their efforts.

The program process has eight core elements that are continuous throughout;

  • Civic Partnership: Engaging the community in the comprehensive community development approach
  • Community Organizing: Supporting community partners in broadening their reach
  • Implementing Projects: Implementing projects that build up elements of the community vision
  • Leveraging Funding: Identifying additional resources to assist the community in realizing their vision
  • Neighborhood Leadership Development: Training to support a wide leadership base of stakeholders
  • Evaluating Impact: Examining outputs and outcomes, for telling our story and planning strategically
  • Learning Network: Sharing best practices and resources, and continually improving our work

The Neighborhoods
GO Neighborhoods began in 2009 in two Houston neighborhoods—Northside and Independence Heights. In December 2012, the OST/South Union community joined the partnership.  There are also six additional GO Neighborhoods that LISC works with—Alief, Denver Harbor, Magnolia Park, Sunnyside, Gulfton and Greater Third Ward. LISC plans to add two to three additional neighborhoods in 2017.

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