Trusted Space Partners is excited to share this paper detailing our recent ground-breaking work in partnership with CPDC, an innovative housing owner in the Washington DC region. The paper details a unique and effective new application of community network building as both a theory of change, as well a form and set of practices, all within one large, mixed income housing community.
The hypothesis of this experimental intervention has been that if we create
intentional spaces, practices and a network for mutual exchange and collaborative
action, we can begin to shift an operating culture of isolation and anger to one of aspiration, connection and innovation. After two years of intense work with an amazing team of residents and CPDC staff, we are more convinced than ever of the power of community network building as a significant strategy for long term change. But, you can read and decide for yourself. Click here: FINAL Power of Networks in Mixed Income Housing 0218. Also, here's a link to a photo essay we posted last fall: http://trustedspacepartners.com/2014/09/11/photo-essay-an-exciting-year-of-network-building-in-an-affordable-housing-community-2/
We owe it to those who live in affordable housing in America to innovate new ways of improving the quality of life for families. We owe it to the front line staff who manage these communities to break through stale and failed approaches for engaging residents and making and sustaining positive change. We hope this story will lead others to understand and appreciate that there are rich opportunities for change and new approaches with promise.