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ABCD Strategies for Urban Homeworks

Urban Homeworks is a faith-rooted community development organization. By utilizing volunteers, construction training partnerships and local, minority and women sub-contractors, they completely renovate rental property and utilize a mixed income rental model. Urban Homeworks recognizes that the long-term success, growth and stability of neighborhoods rely not only on the improvements to the physical infrastructure, but the social capital and networks that are built and maintained. Traditional block clubs and organizations can neglect an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach to connecting neighbors. Urban Homeworks was in the process of creating a division that specifically does community engagement. Keith Miller, a Public Policy graduate student at the Humphrey School, researched evidence based and best practices for using ABCD strategies in areas where Urban Homeworks has housing. The results are being used in creating an engagement strategy rooted in ABCD to identify and support leaders on the block and engagement strategies that will increase effectiveness for community building.

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Community organization or agency: 
Urban Homeworks
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988