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Community Change

Research shows families do better when they live in strong communities with high quality schools, healthy affordable food, safe places to play, transportation and stable housing.

Place matters and strongly impacts the health, safety, educational and employment opportunities of children and families. Unfortunately, many communities face significant challenges due to years of disinvestment, including high rates of poverty and unemployment, failing schools and housing instability. CSSP’s policy focus on place-based initiatives is driven by the belief that taking a comprehensive approach to addressing these issues, while leveraging community strengths and targeting investments, can be transformative for communities and for families. Central to our approach is the importance of the participation of communities themselves in establishing their desired results. Doing this work successfully entails dismantling the structures that perpetuate disparities in outcomes and opportunities – and replacing them with innovative solutions that take into account the unique strengths and needs of every community.