Neighborhood Networks centers must access all the resources available
to them on a local, regional, or national basis to succeed. Community
organizations, area employers, community colleges, local hospitals,
and volunteer organizations are all local sources for social services
and potential funding. A
center's success in achieving its goals is directly related to its
success working with regional and local partners. Click
on the links to the right for information and resources related
to partnerships. And keep in mind these additional tips:
partners from more than one source.
Every neighborhood has a wealth of potential partners, so canvass
the community for opportunities. Possibilities include schools
and colleges, nonprofit organizations, community and religious
organizations, foundations, businesses, and government agencies.
must benefit, too. Always be able to explain how a partnership
will benefit a potential partner. Benefits may include favorable
publicity for the partner, better fulfillment of the partner's
community mission, or the development of a new consumer market.
building requires a team approach. Owners/managers, residents,
and staff must be involved in identifying and soliciting partners.
Owners and managers should take the lead by forming a steering
committee, board of directors, or resident council that can
form a partnership development plan and provide the labor needed
to solicit and work with each partner. Center staff is essential
for maintaining partnership contacts and identifying new sources
of funding or support.
are attracted to centers that are active in the community and
have reliable staffs and a solid financial base. These qualities
help assure partners that their contribution to a center is
you have any questions on how to find potential partners for your
Neighborhood Networks center, contact your local HUD
Neighborhood Networks Coordinator or
Public Housing Grant Manager.