2009 MetLife Awards: Asset-Based and Community-Centered Community Revitalization

Author(s)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
 
Date
2009
 
Source
 
Abstract
Metanoia Community Development Corporation and the North Charleston Police Department successfully worked together to reduce crime and to revitalize the Chicora-Cherokee community in North Charleston, South Carolina. Metanoia's community development approach emphasizes holistic asset-building that includes building leaders, establishing quality housing and generating economic development. Early on in its partnership with the police, Metanoia identified increasing homeownership rates (then 25%) as a priority. Through redeveloping vacant homes and empty lots in crime-generating areas into quality affordable housing, Metanoia created opportunities for previous renters to become homeowners. This investment further fostered stability in a community that had been written off as a "crime-infested" problem area. Ranging from housing development and reclaiming public parks to the revitalization of a commercial corridor, the partners' strategies resulted in a 16% decrease in overall crime with over 65% drops in certain target areas.
 
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