Many affordable housing neighborhoods were established as a direct result of redlining and systemic housing injustice. Therefore, many of these neighborhoods have been left with limited support and access to resources. This often leads to educational, health, and economic disparities which, in turn, lead to a decline in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This directly corresponds to high rates of poverty, eviction, unemployment, violence, and substance abuse. Because of this, we are working with neighborhoods to secure and renovate spaces to open as community centers. By creating a place in the neighborhood where resources can be readily accessed, we can address the typical barriers to long-term success and upward mobility and interrupt the return of neighbors to the crisis of homelessness. Staff and volunteers with The Dwelling Place are responsible for connecting and scheduling the different community programs and offerings. They work in tandem with Peer Support Specialists (identified and supported by The United Way), Case Managers from various agencies, and other Community Partners to establish programming that meets the unique needs of the specific community including, housing case management, financial education, addiction/substance abuse support, supplemental education resources, and more.
Building Strong Communities to Interrupt the Cycles of Poverty