Peer to Peer Visit

10.25.13

Peer-to-Peer-Visit-01NeighborWorks Lincoln had the opportunity to host three NeighborWorks organizations as part of NeighborWorks America’s Community Building and Organizing Peer Learning Site Visit training program, which was held August 6-7, 2013. The intention of the peer training is to facilitate adoption of impactful practices in community building, organizing, and resident leadership development across the NeighborWorks network. Participants attending were from HAPHousing, Inc. (Springfield, MA), Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, Inc. (Wilmington, DE), and NeighborWorks Badgerland (Oshkosh, WI).

NWL was selected as a host site for the peer training program because of the positive impact its community building implementations have had on the local community. Sessions revolved around three key initiatives. The first was the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI), a local model where neighborhood residents are trained as leaders and given grants to implement projects to improve their communities. A tour of the Malone Neighborhood coincided with the session, illustrating how the CEI supported the development of a community garden.

The second area of focus was the Lincoln Policy Network (LPN). LPN is a collaboration of residents, government, and businesses that work together to develop strategies to address building and safety issues to strengthen and stabilize neighborhoods. A more in depth session outlined how the City of Lincoln’s Problem Resolution Team was created as a solution-oriented approach to address challenges associated with problem properties.

Peer-to-Peer-Visit-02Finally, the peer group learned about the Lincoln Community Scan initiative, where residents are trained with necessary tools to assess neighborhood structures and public spaces. Information gathered is used to assist residents in creating a plan for action, prioritize needs and work with the local government to address challenges or provide needed improvement processes.

Each of the aforementioned sessions was attended by local community members who shared their insight and experiences with the visiting members. Partners included members of the City Council, the Mayor’s Office, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Public Schools and the Community Learning Centers, Urban Development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Community and Regional Planning Department, local property owners, NWL board members, and numerous residents who are working to strengthen Lincoln’s neighborhoods.

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I wasn’t sure how to move forward, but then I heard about NeighborWorks. It is truly an amazing program…I hope more people use this great service to help themselves and to help Lincoln look better. Thanks, NWL!

– Jesse E.
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