Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director of NONE Neighborhood Builders, speaks with
Central Providence stakeholders, residents, and businesses about progress being made with the Central Providence Roadmap.
Photo by Stephen Ide/ONE|NB

More than 45 nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders in Central Providence gathered Tuesday to continue discussions about the “Central Providence Roadmap,” a collective vision for improving health and economic equity in Central Providence over the next 10 years.

Participants reviewed changes to the overall plan that were suggested at the group’s first gathering in November and considered their role in its ongoing implementation.

The project is an initiative of Central Providence Opportunities: A Health Equity Zone, for which ONE Neighborhood Builders serves as a convening or “backbone” agency.

Though it will be published in its first form early this spring, the Roadmap will continually change based on the evolving needs and desires of the stakeholders from the nine neighborhoods of Central Providence, said Lucy Berman, ONE|NB’s Assistant Director of Collective Impact.

The premise of the Roadmap’s creation is that by creating a strong collaborative framework, organizations that are already working toward a common agenda can more effectively coordinate to maximize their impact. It is based on the statement that current community-level conditions are rooted in structural racism, resulting in poverty, inequitable access to quality education and jobs, out-of-reach or unsafe housing, and other issues that impede families and individuals from living healthy, economically stable lives.

The process is designed to address key goals and beliefs about the future of Central Providence:

  • That everyone should have a stable and affordable place to live.
  • That everyone should have access to the resources they need to achieve health and wellness.
  • That every child should be ready to learn, and our systems ready to receive them.
  • That everyone who wants to start their own business has the opportunity to do so.
  • That everyone has access to dignified, sufficient, and sustainable employment.
  • That everyone is equipped and empowered to take action affecting change in their community.

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