Meet the Neighborhoods

Nine neighborhoods across seven states will embark on the transformation of their communities with support from the $180 million Fifth Third Empowering Black Futures Neighborhood Program.

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Over the next three years, the neighborhoods and the cross-sector partnerships leading them will carry out an economic mobility plan that defies historic disinvestment and reflects the hopes and aspirations of residents and stakeholders.

Meet the neighborhoods and follow their progress as they produce homes, improve education and energize commercial corridors toward revitalization and wealth-generation for Black legacy residents and business owners.

Arlington Woods

Indianapolis, Indiana

JEWEL Human Services

The centerpiece of JEWEL Human Services’ comprehensive ROCK (Renewing Our Community for the Kingdom) Initiative is the creation of a middle and high school education center in Arlington Woods.

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Avondale Development Corporation

The Avondale Development Corporation has built a comprehensive plan to ensure residents who can trace their Avondale lines back generations truly benefit from the momentum that has led Avondale to be dubbed “the hottest neighborhood in Cincinnati.”

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Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

A home-repair and rehabilitation program is at the heart of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ plan to harness the resurgence underway in the community and expand homeownership opportunities for long-term Buckeye residents.

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East Tampa

Tampa Florida

Community Development Corporation of Tampa

The Nehemiah Legacy Project is East Tampa’s comprehensive plan to grow the upward mobility of over 750 Black residents who live, work and own property in the neighborhood – and create a tipping point for economic mobility.

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Grove Park

Atlanta, Georgia

Grove Park Foundation

From increasing the supply of affordable homes and launching an incubator site to supporting new and existing Black businesses, Grove Park residents will gain new pathways to homeownership and economic prosperity.

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Historic West End

Charlotte, North Carolina


LISC-Charlotte will develop a community-informed agenda to leverage the revitalization underway along a key corridor in the Historic West End by providing training and support for homeowners and small and local businesses.

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Near East Side

Columbus, Ohio

Partners Achieving Community Transformation

With over 10 years of experience implementing its community-driven Blueprint for Community Investment, the PACT community is focused on changing the economic trajectory of the Near East Side with a revitalization initiative called Delivering Black Dreams.

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Louisville, Kentucky

Russell: Place of Promise

An innovative power-sharing model that involves residents in strategy development and oversight will drive revitalization in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood and inform key housing and business development initiatives.

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South Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Claretian Associates

The closing of the South Works steel mill severed South Chicago’s economic vitality. Claretian Associates and its partners are bringing it back with We’re STEEL Here – a comprehensive plan to transform over 700 acres of lakefront real estate.

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About the Program

Providing nine neighborhoods with the capital, expertise and collaboration to create equitable growth and economic mobility.

Follow the Fifth Third Empowering Black Futures Neighborhood Program

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