a successful Neighborhood Networks center begins with good planning.
To create a new center, follow these five basic steps:
residents in the planning process. Residents who help plan
a center become invested in its future success. Invite residents
to organize a steering committee.
an assessment. Have residents work together to identify their
community's educational and employment needs through interviews
and surveys. Residents can also evaluate other neighborhood institutions
that could serve as center partners and resources.
programs. By working with the residents' steering committee,
you can make informed decisions about possible program offerings
and local partners.
the center's operational needs. Determine staffing, space,
computer hardware and software, insurance, furniture, telephone
lines, security, and financial requirements. Prepare a budget,
including project income and operating expenses.
a business plan. Identify financial plans and day-to-day management
of the center, including the programs and activities to be offered.
The business plan must be submitted to and approved by the local
HUD office for funding purposes. Use the Neighborhood
Networks Strategic Tracking and Reporting Tool (START) to
help you in this process.
on the links at the right to learn more about the essential steps
in Starting a Neighborhood Networks center.