USI is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in the design and implementation of place-based human capital development strategies in communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization. We work with Public Housing Authorities, city government officials, institutions, foundations, developers, property managers, community members and other stakeholders to build comprehensive plans around neighborhood conditions and human service needs.
Founded in 1978, USI is a leader in the field of community development, supporting more than 30,000 low- to moderate-income families, approximately 100,000 individuals, in 38 communities in 22 major metropolitan areas, with St. Louis, MO as its base. USI supports communities, develop economic opportunities, cradle-to-college/career success, access to high quality health services, and a range of comprehensives human service supports while concurrently working with developers to create new physical facilities and amenities that complement human service systems and improve the capacity of existing community systems.
We believe in an equitable opportunity where all children and families are stable and thriving. All voices are acknowledged and promoted. All systems are positively aligned and equally contributing.
We believe families remain at the center of our usage of data to support our work and our expertise and assembly of professionals support our contributions as thought leaders.
All children and families will be STABLE and THRIVING.
WHAT WE DO
Community Revitalization through Collective Action Partnerships
Work with Family Systems through Intense Case Management
Citizen-directed Planning and Resident Engagement
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Results-Based Leadership framework
OUR EQUITY STATEMENT
We are an organization that is representative of the diversity in the places where we work.
We recognize the legacy of systemic racism and cultural oppression that have long served as barriers to success.
We develop real opportunities for success in communities regardless of income, religion, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
We honor the resiliency and self-determination of individuals who have suffered through trauma and harm.
We commit to addressing disparities at individual, systems, and structural levels.
We appreciate that local residents know their communities best.
We target strategies based on data that addresses the root cause of preventing successful outcomes.
We collaborate with partners that are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with us.
We commit to creating pathways for all children and families to thrive.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
USI is committed to:
We are honest, transparent, ethical, and just. People trust us to adhere to our word.
We deliver our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results.
We treat residents, communities, partners, and our staff with dignity and respect.
We act with courage, challenging the status quo, and finding new ways to strengthen our work.
We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
We know that success cannot be accomplished by one person or organization.