We seek solutions that can scale in both good times and bad. We aspire to identify and fix root causes, which means we are willing to disrupt systems to correct the failure of markets and policies to provide inclusive opportunities. We know we are making a difference when markets generate assets and gainful employment for more residents, policies strengthen housing and family stability, and solutions attract significant resources and cross-sector partnerships.
We work in the metropolitan region in partnership with hardworking communities so all can share in the region’s prosperity. We accomplish this by creating places where residents have equitable access to core assets: housing, economic opportunity, and transportation infrastructure that connects them to work, school, and community. These core assets provide people with pathways to self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. Such independence leads to stable homes and supportive networks that allow residents to access and fully utilize resources for education, training, and careers. Economically successful residents build stronger neighborhoods and local economies that generate new possibilities—creating additional assets, encouraging entrepreneurship and economic diversification, and building social capital. A virtuous cycle of increasingly robust communities generates stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive pathways for people, place, and possibility.