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UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS

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 under-resourced neighborhoods. From helping families become financially stable and find affordable housing, to preparing children to enter school ready to learn and read, the needs of these communities are many and varied.

United Neighborhoods launched in 2017 with a $2.4 million commitment over three years into the Renaissance and Grier Heights neighborhoods in Charlotte. Working with a lead partner in each community, United Way funds and guides the work toward achieving its collective goal of building a thriving community where families want to live.

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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, churches, hospitals and businesses.

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Block Building Grants

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


Neighborhoods Include:
  • Brookhill
  • Hidden Valley
  • Lakewood
  • Smithville
  • West Boulevard Corridor
  • and an effort focused on Freedom Drive

It Takes a Village

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

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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.

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