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New Resource on Trauma Informed Community Building for Low-Income & Public Housing Residents

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Federal housing programs such as HOPE VI and CHOICE Neighborhoods mandate community leadership as integral to revitalization efforts and have institutionalized this approach by requiring resident involvement in determining community needs and the development of local solutions. This approach, known as community building, seeks to acknowledge and tap into community assets and to prioritize community member voices and engagement. However, there is a growing understanding that trauma experienced by many low-income and public housing communi­ties present challenges for these community building efforts.

A new resource presents a model for Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) that addresses the challenges that trauma poses to traditional community building strategies. The TICB model is based on BRIDGE Housing Corporation's experience doing community building work over the past five years in San Francisco.

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