Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods
As part of the Building Sustainable Communities strategy, Houston LISC launched the Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods program in 2009.
GO Neighborhoods is a community-driven approach to comprehensive community development that creates impact by strategically investing in and leveraging investments across six areas:
- Expanding capital investment in housing and other real estate
- Building family income and wealth
- Stimulating economic development
- Improving residents' access to quality education
- Developing healthy environments and lifestyles
- Strengthening leadership and civic engagement
LISC builds community capacity to work across these six areas of Building Sustainable Communities to transform disinvested areas into healthy, thriving neighborhoods - driven by those who live and work there.
LISC partners with one “convening agency” in each GO Neighborhood to serve as the coordinator and fiscal agent. LISC provides funding for a full-time Community Coordinator and project grants, offers training and technical assistance, and introduces partnerships to support neighborhood-led efforts.
More detail is provided on the GO Neighborhoods website.
LISC currently partners with two GO Neighborhoods and seven Pipeline GO Neighborhoods:
- Northside Village (GO Neighborhood)
- OST/South Union (GO Neighborhood)
- Independence Heights (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Magnolia Park (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Denver Harbor (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Sunnyside (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Alief (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Gulfton (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
- Greater Third Ward (Pipeline GO Neighborhood)
The GO Neighborhoods process begins and ends with community engagement, and along with shared leadership it is the foundation of the GO Neighborhoods approach. It employs a cyclical process to identify and address the needs of a community:
|1. Engagement of residents and community-based organizations, including a convening agency
2. Leadership development and capacity building
3. Strategic planning and data gathering
4. Project implementation towards community goals
5. Leveraging additional community investments
6. Evaluation of outputs and outcomes, and storytelling
7. Stakeholder engagement
Read more about GO Neighborhoods’ core elements
Read more about the current GO Neighborhoods
Download the 2013 GO Neighborhoods Impact Report
For more information on GO Neighborhoods, please contact Program Officer Iris Gonzalez.