When you open a Neighborhood Networks center, you are not only improving computer access and creating economic and educational opportunities for residents living in HUD FHA-insured and -assisted communities, you are investing in your community's future.
How does Neighborhood Networks benefit so many people?
- Residents. At local Neighborhood Networks centers, residents gain convenient access to programs and services that help them improve job skills, expand their education, and become economically self-sufficient. Programs include: workforce development programs, computer training and public access, adult education classes, financial literacy and homeownership programs, microenterprise support, health and wellness activities, social services support, afterschool enrichment programs, literacy and reading comprehension programs, and career counseling.
- Property owners and managers. Because potential residents are more likely to choose to live at a property that offers more than the standard amenities, and existing residents are more likely to stay, a Neighborhood Networks center makes a property more attractive to both potential and existing residents. This means lower vacancy rates and tenant turnover. In addition, when owners and managers invest in their properties, residents often reciprocate by developing a greater sense of community pride and having a greater interest in the community's future. This often leads to a decrease in security and upkeep costs.
- Partners. Partnerships allow Neighborhood Networks centers to reach beyond the property lines and tap into much-needed resources. And, because a partnership delivers benefits to all parties involved, businesses and organizations that team with their local Neighborhood Networks center connect with the community whose support is critical to their success, increase awareness of their organization within the community, gain greater access to targeted populations, improve the economic health and vitality of the community, and help train a potential labor force with skills that meet the evolving needs of area employers.
- Community. A Neighborhood Networks center improves the quality of life for individuals and the entire community by providing residents of surrounding communities with access to resources, programs, and services, and decreasing the incidents of crime and vandalism by connecting residents with greater employment opportunities, offering youth activities during out-of-school hours, and promoting community involvement.
Ready to reap the benefits of a Neighborhood Networks center? Take the first step by creating a START business plan or contact the Neighborhood Networks Coordinator in your area for help and guidance.