Urban Strategies Partnership Receives National Honor for Innovative Housing and Community Development

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HUD Announces Recipients of Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

One of Urban Strategies’ partnerships has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the Council on Foundations, as one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award honors philanthropic funders for their innovative public-philanthropic collaborations designed to address housing and community development challenges.

HUD and the Council on Foundations developed the award to recognize philanthropic organizations for enhancing the quality of life for low-income and moderate-income families. The projects addressed issues concerning housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability and economic development.

One of the awards was presented to The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM), which joined forces with the City of Memphis, the Memphis Housing Authority (MHA), and national nonprofit Urban Strategies to implement Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE (USMH), a model public-philanthropic partnership dedicated to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty for Memphians. Since 2004, the partnership has secured $88 million in grant funds under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI program for the community revitalization of three public housing locations – Lamar Terrace/University Place, Dixie Homes/Legends Park and Cleaborn Homes/Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing. The transformation of Memphis’ languishing public housing became the keynote project of this partnership.

WFGM raised and leveraged partnerships totaling more than $22.2 million in public and private resources over the past seven years to build a two-generation model for comprehensive community supportive services (CSS) for women and children. The supportive services component ensured that the nationally-recognized USMH initiative provided viable means and expandable approaches to neighborhood revitalization, while offering holistic wraparound services that produce measurable outcomes of employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Currently, USMH has increased the number of families supported from 700 in 2004 to nearly 3,000 public housing families of MHA housing communities.

WFGM is the first women’s foundation in the nation to lead fundraising for a HUD HOPE VI human capital development.

Urban Strategies is a St. Louis-based not-for-profit organization that specializes in human capital development, planning, and strategy implementation as a part of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. A national leader in its field, Urban Strategies is engaged in large neighborhood redevelopment initiatives in 15 communities in eight major cities across the country. In these communities, Urban Strategies leads in coordinating collaborative efforts to transform public and private systems and support strong, self-sustaining people, families and communities. For  additional information: www.urbanstrategiesinc.org.