Supportive communities

Neighborhoods influence family well-being, shape social networks, and determine access to economic opportunity. Individuals living in healthy, safe, well-resourced communities are more likely to experience positive outcomes at every life stage.

Health, housing, community development, and public safety strategies can help produce more supportive neighborhoods.

What sorts of strategies improve neighborhoods?

Health and well-being strategies can improve community-level health outcomes, create safer neighborhoods, and eliminate harmful environmental contaminants

Justice and public safety strategies can reduce over policing and mass incarceration, strengthen neighborhood social ties, and help communities heal after crimes have been committed

Housing strategies can improve neighborhood racial and economic integration, reduce resident displacement, and improve unsafe housing conditions

Community development strategies can boost neighborhood economic activity, improve the built environment, create better access to transportation, and strengthen neighborhood social ties

How are you hoping to improve neighborhoods?

Health and well-being

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Community health programs
  • Environmental remediation programs
  • Parks and green space

Justice and public safety

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Neighborhood safety strategies
  • Re-entry programs
  • Restorative justice programs


Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Affordable housing creation and preservation
  • Environmental remediation programs
  • Home ownership programs

Community development and financial security

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Built environment improvements
  • Parks and green space
  • Transportation access

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