In many economically challenged cities, high poverty, high unemployment and abandonment are concentrated and defined by neighborhood more than by city limits. Many times, this economic segregation is the result of historic – and present-day – racial segregation. Cities making a comeback, or that have halted a decline, may leave residents of these neighborhoods behind. For some economically challenged cities, this division between haves and have-nots is the critical challenge preventing them from achieving economic turnaround.
The Network partners with cities to transform their most distressed neighborhoods into communities of opportunity – places where all residents, families and children can thrive. It works with city and community leaders to develop tools and strategies to ensure that families have access to quality housing, jobs, safe streets, high-performing schools, reliable transit, health care and other resources that together provide opportunities for success.
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