Anchor collaboratives are stronger and can accomplish goals that once seemed out of reach by combining efforts and resources. However, forming an anchor collaboration isn’t automatic; it takes effort and time to get institutions to see their common interests and potential alignment. The article discusses some ways it can work.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Urban Strategies is a national nonprofit aiming to ensure residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods can lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities. To do so, Urban Strategies focuses on: 1) planning and coordinating comprehensive, multi-stakeholder community revitalization projects, 2) connecting social services to support the physical redevelopment of communities, and 3) nurturing neighborhood-based leadership. In 2016, the nonprofit supported over 19,000 families in public and mixed-income housing communities in 29 neighborhoods across the country.