Connected Communities is a non-profit public/private collaboration of neighborhood, business, government and non-profit leaders partnering with residents to address the various needs of the EMMA and Beechwood communities through the implementation of a holistic approach. We are utilizing the proven principles of the Purpose Built Communities framework to address the need for mixed-income housing, cradle-to-career education, community health and wellness, and long-term economic development, and ultimately reduce poverty. Connected Communities is aiming to be true to the vision of the EMMA and Beechwood residents, by engaging them in collaborative actions that seek to achieve their vision of a thriving neighborhood.
EMMA and Beechwood are pilot neighborhoods for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) – a community-informed, cross-sector coalition working to connect anti-poverty efforts, government initiatives, and educational strategies to reduce poverty in Rochester and Monroe County.
Connected Communities has been serving as a convener since 2015, bringing together community members, neighborhood groups, service providers, City partners, and national resources through the Purpose Built Communities network. Together, as partners in the RMAPI effort, these groups are committed to holistic community revitalization that breaks down intergenerational poverty and creates opportunities for all residents.
The Comprehensive Plan for the EMMA and Beechwood Neighborhoods builds upon the ongoing efforts of the City and local organizations, prior
studies and planning initiatives, a network of strong partnerships, and trusted relationships cultivated over time with and among community members.
The planning process is a chance to align missions, coordinate efforts, build capacity and leadership, and ensure that future change and investments are responsive to the community’s shared vision for their neighborhood – their blocks and streets, parks and public spaces, and the places where they live, work, learn, play, and do business.
We focus on: Community Benefit and Economic Development, Education
Where we are: Monroe
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