In 2009 Houston LISC launched the GO Neighborhoods program — a multiyear place-based initiative for revitalizing Houston communities. GO Neighborhoods is a comprehensive community development approach that leverages resources by working across traditionally disconnected sectors including: housing and real estate; family income and wealth; economic development; quality education; and healthy environments and lifestyle. LISC defines these as essential features of a sustainable community.
Partnerships for Sustainable Communities
LISC supports community stakeholders in defining and realizing their vision for their community through GO Neighborhoods. The program has been and continues to be co-created with the communities that adopt it. GO Neighborhoods supports residents, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders as they guide the development of their community while preserving their rich culture histories.
GO Neighborhoods community partners designate a convening agency in each neighborhood to manage the program. LISC provides funding for a full-time Community Coordinator, offers technical support for community organizing, planning and program implementation, and connects the community with regional partners that can support their efforts.
The program process has eight core elements that are continuous throughout;
- Civic Partnership: Engaging the community in the comprehensive community development approach
- Community Organizing: Supporting community partners in broadening their reach
- Implementing Projects: Implementing projects that build up elements of the community vision
- Leveraging Funding: Identifying additional resources to assist the community in realizing their vision
- Neighborhood Leadership Development: Training to support a wide leadership base of stakeholders
- Evaluating Impact: Examining outputs and outcomes, for telling our story and planning strategically
- Learning Network: Sharing best practices and resources, and continually improving our work
Early Action Project grants are available to neighborhood non -profit agencies, groups, or individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the vision of the OST/South Union GO Neighborhood.
Vision: We envision an engaged and informed community working together to transform Southeast Houston into a healthy, vibrant, safe and economically stable community, a place that nurtures and supports us throughout our lives.
Early Action Project Grant Requests should:
- Provide seed funding for a project that will have an immediate impact on the quality of life in Super Neighborhood 68—south of Old Spanish Trail; north of Loop 610; east of 288 and west of Mykawa Road.
- Build collaboration among a diverse representation of residents and other stakeholders from the community.
- Lay the foundation for future projects and attract investment.
Download the Early Action Project Grant Application here [2014 Early Action Project GO Grant REQUEST APPLICATION (PDF) | 2014 Early Action Project GO Grant REQUEST APPLICATION (word .doc)].
Grant applications can be submitted now, and will be accepted until June 30th, 2014.
Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, the GO Neighborhood for OST South Union, is proud to present our first newsletter covering our work. You can download the PDF here: SEHTA Neighborhood News Vol. 1 feb14
Includes stories about:
Palm Center Farmers Market
Strollin’ & Rollin’
GO Education & Youth Team
Preston Roe Pavilion
Quality of Life Agreement Development
Early Action Project Grants
GO Housing Team
Proud Partner Awards
National Night Out
Who Represents Me
Connect with neighbors, stakeholders and other partners to make our vision a reality!
Partners Day: Saturday February 8th 2014, 9 a.m.—Noon. Foster Elementary School, 3919 Ward Street [Map]
Sunday December 8th at 2pm, join SEHTA and our partners for the unveiling of the Kuhlman Gully Public Art Installation, which will be dedicated to outgoing City Council Representative Wanda Adams. It will take place at the Texans YMCA at 5202 Griggs Rd. [Map] with light refreshments and presentations about future designs for improvements to Kuhlman Gully.
Help the Southeast Houston Strollin’ & Rollin’ Committee (S&R) develop a bikeway plan for you… https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StrollinRollin
As a contributor to the Park at Palm Center’s community garden project, University of Houston research professor Carroll Parrott Blue engages UH professors, students, and other resources.
Blue enlisted professors Patrick Peters (architecture) and Cheryl Beckett (graphic communications) to involve their classes in creating amenities for the Park at Palm Center’s community garden.
Blue provided instructional support, supplemental funding, and engaged key experts to participate in this effort.
To enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area and provide fun and educational tools about health, wellness, and the environment, UH architecture and graphic communications students worked together for 15 weeks to design and build a solar shade structure, demonstration area, and educational center for the community garden.
They gained hands-on industry experience by working in tandem with TIRZ #7, a civic agency, Asakura Robinson landscape architecture firm, and ESPA CORP, an architectural and engineering firm.
The graphic communications students also worked with UH professor Sibylle Hagmann, game developer Jose Baez-Franceschi, and Variate Labs President Robert Miles Kemp, an interactive architect and user experience designer.
This class developed website prototypes, including online games for children.
Future plans include an onlocation QR code system connecting the park to the website and an interactive video project.
These ancillary projects promote public engagement by incorporating interactivity and social media.
The final scheme is a 400 square foot solar-powered canopy and demonstration area with graphic panels that provide information on solar power, planting, composting, rainwater harvesting, nutrition, and health. The garden will open in 2013 with a public invitation to come on in and “Plant it! Grow it! Eat it!”
- OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ #7)
- National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Initiative
- University of Houston (Provost’s Office, Gerald D. Hines College Of Architecture, Texas Learning & Computation Center, College Of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, School Of Art, Center For Public History)
- Houston Advanced Research Center (Third Ward Sustainability Project)
- United Galvanizing, Inc.
- The Dawn Project
reprinted from CENTER FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT, Summer 2012
Carroll Parrott Blue, MFA
Research Professor, University of Houston
Center for Public History and Texas Learning & Computation Center
Creative Placemaking Strategic Plan
The goal of Southeast Houston Arts Initiative is to achieve positive transformation of Southeast Houston through community-based creative placemaking—empowering residents to bring values and community history to effect change through well-designed improvements to the physical environment enhanced by artistic and cultural expression projects.