Community Development

Our purpose is to build healthier individuals, families, and neighborhoods in order to offset the negative effects of the social determinants of health.  We do so using asset-based community development principles, public health principles, and collaborations that build scale, high quality community-level clinical services, and high impact social investments.

Our work in community development focuses on the following key priority areas:

Access to Health

Affordable Housing

  • Affordable housing for first time home buyers in perpetuity
  • Intensive case management services for the formerly chronically homeless, reducing ED visits and improving overall health

Education

  • Operational investments in Richmond’s first college bound/workforce development program serving students and families from low income families
  • Investments across the educational continuum – support for early childhood, middle school, high school achievement

Place Making

  • Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living– neighborhood facility dedicated to influencing the Social Determinants of Health, meeting space, commercial kitchen, and the Front Porch Café

Transportation

  • Partnerships to expand high quality rapid transit providing access to jobs and healthcare
  • Investment in local transportation services to eliminate barriers to healthcare for persons with limited means

Trauma / Violence

  • Human trafficking collaboration – transitional housing, forensic nursing, supportive case management and service coordination
  • Inter-disciplinary peer exchanges that are instilling trauma informed services across service providers

Workforce / Wealth Building

  • Certification programs in urban agriculture
  • Entrepreneurship capital for startup businesses in vital East End corridors
  • Individual Development Accounts that assist low income families with wealth building

For more information about Community Development, please contact communitysupport@bshsi.org.