Our Neighborhoods

Building Strong and Healthy Neighborhoods for Rhode Island’s Families

Launched in 2007, Our Neighborhoods is a holistic community development strategy designed to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island’s most challenged neighborhoods. Our Neighborhoods is part of national LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative. The initiative‘s goals – investing in real estate, increasing family income & wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, supporting healthy environments & lifestyles and strengthening leadership and civic engagement – are built upon empowering neighborhood residents and community leaders to become strong voices and active partners in shaping their neighborhoods.

LISC facilitates a process whereby local community leaders create a community contract with clearly articulated local goals and objectives – all based upon a shared vision for community change and revitalization. LISC then connects the local communities to the resources and expertise they need to implement specific projects highlighted in the contract: from child care to after school youth groups, from community policing to senior housing and health clinics, from mixed-use housing development with retail stores to commercial corridors, greenways and bike paths.

Our Neighborhoods is one way that LISC Rhode Island is helping build strong neighborhoods and healthy communities across the state. Learn more about the proven community development model on which Our Neighborhoods is based: Building Sustainable Communities.