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  • Through a holistic community redevelopment approach, Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) is increasing food security for over 1300 residents on West Boulevard.  Successful engagement by our Life Navigators has led to weekly mobile food markets, drawing a big crowd of residents each week. A mobile food market is one way that RWCI is ensuring that […]

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  • Join us for breakfast on Thursday, May 16 from 7:45am – 9:00am to benefit Renaissance West Annual Giving. Over 125 guests enjoyed headline speaker Doug Jutte, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Healthy Places Network and Associate Professor at UC-Berkley on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Read Doug’s bio here. Doug has shared his presentation with […]

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  •   Bank of America Jun 29, 2018 It’s no secret that Charlotte faces a shortage of affordable housing, and that the shortage contributes to inequality, lack of mobility and poor education outcomes. “We have a very large deficit,” says Julie Porter, executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, a nonprofit development and financial corporation dedicated to […]

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  • BOCC Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget ​The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The $1.7-billion budget is an increase of $33 million, or 1.9 percent, over the current Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget. It maintains the County’s commitment to providing critical services […]

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  • With New Grants, United Way Shifts Focus To Neighborhoods By David Boraks • Jun 7, 2018 United Way of Central Carolinas announced $24.5 million in new grants Thursday, and the list has a different look from years past. The agency is shifting some funding to initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility. <img src=”http://wfae.org/sites/wfae/files/styles/default/public/201806/060618RenaissanceWest.jpg” alt=”Renaissance […]

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  • How hope, dreams are improving Charlotte neighborhood Mary Elizabeth DeAngelis: May 02, 2018   New initiative takes cradle-to-career approach to improving lives in Renaissance West In a cozy room filled with windows, books and cheerful posters, two kindergartners practice letter sounds by playing a picture game on a carpet mat. A few doors down, third-graders […]

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  • Charlotte Organizations Use Early Childhood Education To Help Break Poverty Cycle  By Jessa O’Connor • 5/1/2018 A Charlotte study that came out last year identified access to quality pre-kindergarten education as a key factor in making sure that children who are born into poverty have a chance of rising out of it in their lifetimes. […]

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  • A Sense of Place. A Point of Pride. March 29, 2018 | By ASC Charlotte Categories: Blog, Home Featured Monique Luck’s “Welcoming Dreams,” a mosaic she created in 2016 with artistic input from residents, signals a new day for the Renaissance West community. The mixed-income community is what became of the Boulevard Homes, the formerly […]

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  • An Educational Pipeline Comes to Life in Charlotte In their navy blue and gold uniforms, 400 students entered the new K-5 Renaissance West STEAM Academy on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina on a fall morning in 2017. This day was the first of many designed to get the students on a new trajectory […]

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  • Bringing New Hope to Neighborhoods For decades, Spartanburg’s Northside community and Charlotte’s Boulevard Homes neighborhood grappled with the same problems. They endured high poverty and crime rates, poor educational outcomes and substandard housing. They gained reputations as magnets for inner-city blight. Thankfully, they now share a more hopeful distinction. They’re part of the Purpose-Built Communities […]

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