Community Impact - Neighborhood Development
The Foundation is working with local governments to create new strategies for strengthening their oldest neighborhoods and the people who reside in them. This includes increasing the skills, talent, and education of our citizens while also improving the physical structures in our neighborhoods to create vibrant communities. Too many of our older neighborhoods are physically deteriorating, while their residents struggle to attain financial stability. Education levels are well below the city averages in these neighborhoods, and residents often feel unsafe.
We are bringing together nonprofit, government and Foundation resources to reverse these trends and create a stronger, safer community. Newport News and Hampton have the majority of these neighborhoods and we are working with a large number of individuals and groups who care about how these neighborhoods function. In Hampton we are working with city officials and citizens to redesign an area known as Olde Hampton. In Newport News we are mentoring several residents in the East End who want to make a difference in their neighborhoods.