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The Role of Anchor Institutions in Restoring Neighborhoods

Anchor institutions such as hospitals and universities can play an important role in comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts. An anchor may be an influential partner, the leader of a planning process, or a critical provider of jobs or services to community residents.

National Housing Conference (NHC) examines the work of anchors in a new report, The Role of Anchor Institutions in Restoring Neighborhoods: Health Institutions as a Catalyst for Affordable Housing and Community Development.

The report looks particularly at health care institutions such as hospitals and health centers. While they have not traditionally embraced community development as part of their missions to the extent that universities have, such institutions can contribute significantly to improving housing and health conditions for residents of the surrounding areas. NHC's report examines how health care entities can participate most effectively in traditional community development activities and gives some brief case studies of neighborhoods where this is already happening.

The report also provides a list of key steps for community development practitioners interested in engaging hospitals and health centers in community partnerships.

Read the full report here.

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