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Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods

GO Neighborhoods LogoAs part of the Building Sustainable Communities strategy, Houston LISC launched the Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods program in 2009. In 2017, Houston LISC will strengthen and expand the initiative to add additional partner neighborhoods.

GO Neighborhoods is a community-driven approach to comprehensive community development that creates impact by strategically investing in and leveraging investments across six areas:

  1. Expanding capital investment in housing and other real estate
  2. Building family income and wealth
  3. Stimulating economic development
  4. Improving residents' access to quality education
  5. Developing healthy environments and lifestyles
  6. 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 nine GO Neighborhoods:

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
GO Neighborhoods Process; 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 Community Development Officer Iris Gonzalez.