Organizers

The national middle neighborhoods initiative is organized by the National Community Stabilization Trust and advised by a Steering Committee of practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and funders working at national and local levels.

About NCST: The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) strengthens communities by facilitating the redevelopment and reuse of vacant, single-family homes.  To do so, it advocates for policies that prevent neighborhood blight and provides community-based buyers an opportunity to acquire distressed properties through its REOMatch™ platform. 

The Middle Neighborhoods Community of Practice is supported by NeighborWorks America and staffed by small team of organizers.

About NeighborWorks America: For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity.  Our network of excellence includes nearly 250 members in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer-exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools and access to training, as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment and education. In the last five years, our organizations have generated more than $40 billion in investment across the country.

Background

Previously, the middle neighborhoods initiative was run by The American Assembly, a public policy institute at Columbia University founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower that fosters public conversations that lead to more just, equitable, and democratic societies.  In the fall of 2016, The American Assembly published On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods in partnership with the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.  Edited by Paul Brophy, an established expert on neighborhood improvement, the book explores the dynamics confronting middle neighborhoods, describes locally tailored strategies to manage neighborhood change, and makes the case for investments in middle neighborhoods.  Dialogue and organizing surrounding On the Edge launched a movement in multiple cities and suburbs to protect middle neighborhoods from the negative effects of gentrification or decline.