Community Spotlights2022-07-21T07:30:33-04:00

Community Spotlights

Choice Neighborhood, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

How Community Members are Shaping the Future of a $750million Affordable Housing Redevelopment

When the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Winston-Salem Housing Authority embarked on a 6-year project to revitalize and transform an affordable housing community in the Northeast area of the city, they knew it would be crucial to get feedback from existing residents and community members.

From the outset of the project in late 2019/early 2020, when the city was announced as a recipient of a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, project leaders committed to involving current residents via a project website and comment forum on coUrbanize, a Citizens Advisory and Steering Committee, and listening and design workshops.

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Womanhood – Santa Clara County, CA

How Santa Clara Community Members Shaped the Direction of Public Art to Honor Women A multiyear public art project in Santa Clara County, California, Womanhood launched in 2020 with the goal of recognizing women’s contributions to the region in public spaces. Led by the County’s Office of Women’s Policy, [...]

Kayla Brockington, CEO, Project Niche

“It’s hard for young people to find adequate affordable housing if they choose not to go to college or don’t have parents they can live with,” says Kayla Brockington, who founded Project Niche to teach teens independent living skills and connect them with resources to prevent them from entering [...]

Amy VanDoren, Neighborhood Resident

As a resident of Salem and a neighbor of the Leefort Terrace public housing project for the last 16 years, Amy VanDoren has seen a number of proposals to improve the development, none of which ever came to fruition. “When we first moved here, the plan was to put a senior center in that location; then there was a proposal for seaside cottages…Those two projects had a lot of promise as far as we were concerned. But it’s tough to get anything in there — It’s basically abandoned land,” she says.

Zeehan Wazed, Artist

Growing up as a kid in Queens, then-budding artist Zeehan Wazed noticed at a young age that the visual arts weren’t represented in his community as they were in other boroughs. “There’s a lot of food and culture, but Queens is lacking in the arts. There just isn’t a lot [...]

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