Nexus Community Partners believes that neighborhood- based development activities will only be successful in the long term if they are paired with strong community engagement efforts. To that end, Nexus supports community-based organizations in low-wealth neighborhoods to engage with and to reflect the vision and creativity of the people who live and work there. Nexus also supports organizations that wish to integrate community engagement into their organizations and into their programming.
In 2009, a community development organization that manages scattered-site affordable housing called Urban Homeworks approached Nexus for financial support. Through a series of conversations, questions and strategic interventions over the following years, Nexus helped Urban Homeworks change the way it works to ensure that residents are more powerfully positioned as decision-makers in their communities. This story documents the milestones that mark Urban Homeworks’ ongoing transformation, highlights the power of engagement to create better outcomes, and affirms the importance of funders and intermediaries like Nexus, which understand the critical value of community engagement in creating more vibrant communities.
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