The Neighborhood Capacity Building Initiative (NCBI) announced it will launch its Creating Communities for Change campaign on Saturday, May 10th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street. A collaborative training program designed to enhance community development across New Orleans, NCBI's first initiative will begin offering a series of workshops which speak directly to the capacity needs of local residents. Organizations that participate in the workshops will then have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support community-based initiatives. The initiative is funded by the City of New Orleans’ Neighborhood Engagement Office (NEO) and executed in partnership with NeighborWorks America. The effort brings together eight diverse non-profit organizations to build community capacity for local change.
The Creating Communities for Change initiative focuses on enhancing the skill sets of community residents and stakeholders, to ensure a stronger community development infrastructure that enhances residents’ ability to engage productively with all stakeholders and advance neighborhood-level change.
NCBI organizations include VAYLA, Puentes, Providence Housing, NHS of New Orleans, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC, Central City Renaissance Alliance, and Broadmoor Development Corporation.
The Neighborhood Engagement Office promotes improved public participation and information between city government and the general public, fostering greater neighborhood partnership and communication with City departments and agencies through Neighborhood Participation Plans, programming, and targeted outreach.
NeighborWorks America ® is the country’s preeminent leader in affordable housing and community development. NeighborWorks creates opportunities for lower-income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods that are healthy places for families to grow. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NeighborWorks America operates through a national office, two regional offices and seven district offices.