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Since 2009, the Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods program has supported the revitalization of Houston communities through a neighborhood-based approach. The program is designed to:
Great Opportunities Neighborhoods are exactly that – communities where there is incredible potential and strength. LISC invests in this potential and attempts to support and connect local organizations, residents, and community-based institutions. Often, these sectors do not have the opportunities to work in tandem with a share focus to improve the local neighborhood. The potential for creating thriving neighborhoods where residents can live, work, play and grow together is improved when all stakeholders work toward a shared vision that they create together.
LISC supports this comprehensive approach by providing resources and structures for convening, organizing, and implementing. The local community partners in each GO Neighborhood designate a convening agency to coordinate the Quality of Life Agreement (QLA) planning and implementation process. In addition to providing funding for a Community Coordinator, who works to build relationships and partnerships that inform and enhance the GO Neighborhoods effort, LISC helps to build the capacity of local resident-leaders by providing technical support, training and mentorship to the many active community members that rally together to create and implement a vision for a thriving neighborhood. LISC also serves as a liaison, helping to identify additional resources and partners in the broader Houston community that can support their efforts.
Check out some of our recent GO Neighborhoods stories in our News section.
The hallmark of GO Neighborhoods is that it is truly a place-based, organic initiative that grows from the efficacy of the local community members. LISC serves as a supporter and investor, but the outcomes of GO Neighborhoods initiatives are the results of the hearts and minds of local stakeholders.
The GO Neighborhoods process begins and ends with community engagement. Along with shared leadership, it is the foundation of the GO Neighborhoods approach. The GO Neighborhoods process is cyclical, in order to address the evolving needs of a community and to continuously build upon successes and lessons learned.
View our 2016 GO Neighborhoods accomplishments here.