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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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Impact Stories

Stacey Price Brown’s family roots run deep in Grier Heights, a historically middle-income black community in Charlotte.


Her great-grandfather owned a barbershop in the neighborhood, and she remembers spending much of her younger years with grandparents who lived on Fannie Circle and other relatives who owned homes in the neighborly community.


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-Stacey Price Brown

Impact Stories

There was a time when Renaissance resident Beverly Ann Miller didn’t feel at home in her neighborhood.


The Charlotte native was thankful to have a roof over her head, but wasn’t happy when she moved into the Boulevard Homes public housing project after her home of 41 years was condemned.


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-Beverly Ann Miller

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Changing the odds for our community | United Neighborhoods

September 29, 2017

The Hard Truth When a 2013 study by Harvard University/UC Berkeley uncovered that Charlotte/Mecklenburg ranked 50th out of 50 in economic mobility among the largest…

Grier Heights | United Neighborhoods

United Way is excited to announce Grier Heights as one of the first two neighborhoods selected for the United Neighborhoods initiative.  Located just three miles south of…

Renaissance | United Neighborhoods

United Way is excited to announce Renaissance as one of the first two neighborhoods selected for the United Neighborhoods initiative.  Located in west Charlotte, the Renaissance neighborhood, at…

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