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Community-led and community-based model to create sustained neighborhood change.

Our United Neighborhoods strategy works to change the odds for individuals and families living in our region’s most disinvested neighborhoods. From financial stability and affordable housing to school preparation and literacy skills, the needs of these communities are many and varied.

United Neighborhoods launched in 2017 in Charlotte’s Renaissance West and Grier Heights neighborhoods. In 2022, Lakeview was added as a third neighborhood. Working with a lead partner agency— a “Community Quarterback”— in each community, United Way funds and guides the work toward achieving its collective goal of building a thriving neighborhood in which families want to live.

Transformation and revitalization efforts are driven through community-specific strategies backed by multi-year funding and staff resources from United Way. Needs are identified by residents and addressed by a coalition of community stakeholders that includes residents, schools, nonprofits, government officials, places of worship, hospitals and businesses.

Block Building Grants

United Neighborhoods expands with the addition of six “Block Building Grants”.

These grants support neighborhoods in the early stages of comprehensive revitalization.

Grants will build the capacity of “community quarterback” organizations, fund community engagement activities and complete resident-driven neighborhood planning to identify needs and solutions.

Neighborhood Organizations Include:
  • Brookhill Community Resource Center
  • Hidden Valley Community Development Corporation
  • North End Community Coalition
  • Smithville Community Coalition
  • West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition

2023 Grant Process

View United Neighborhood funding opportunities.

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Engaging, Educating and Empowering Families with Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance

Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance provides a safe, supportive and welcoming Charlotte community, bringing residents together to build a better neighborhood.

Keeping Neighbors Connected Through North End Community Coalition

North End Community Coalition advocates for equitable communities in Charlotte by amplifying voices and connecting neighbors to opportunities.

Strengthening Neighborhoods with Brookhill Community Association

Brookhill Community Association provides services, resources and opportunities for Charlotte residents to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

Tackling Food Insecurity in West Charlotte

For residents like Ms. Moore, eating well and accessing healthy, affordable groceries on a consistent basis are challenging when living in a lower-income, food insecure community.

Restoring Neighborhood Stability in Grier Heights

Grier Heights is changing as nonprofits, residents and other stakeholders work together to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life.

Making Neighborhood Strides in Renaissance

Charlotte’s Renaissance neighborhood is undergoing revitalization into a mixed-income community where families have a greater chance for success.

United Neighborhoods

United Neighborhoods launched in 2017 with a $2.4 million commitment over three years into the Renaissance and Grier Heights neighborhoods in Charlotte.

It Takes a Village

We are bringing together the people and resources needed to help achieve economic mobility at the neighborhood level.

View Our Neighborhood Partners

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