This book provides new insights into an important national community development challenge: how to stimulate the formation of genuinely community-based organizations and effective citizen action in neighborhoods that have not spawned these efforts spontaneously. Using evaluation research and detailed comparative study of community development activity in three diverse demonstration sites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm Beach county, the authors identify key elements of building social capital which strongly affect community development.

Transition and its Consequences

Transition and its consequences

Objectives and Strategy

The demonstration program was designed to be of short duration. LISC raised enough funding at the outset to support the development team's staff and activities for a specific time period (two years in Palm Beach County and Little Rock, three in New Orleans). The staff's mandate was to manage the process of organizing and strengthening the CDCs and the support community and to foster positive relations (bridges) between the two so that community development efforts would function effectively without the development team—but with the core LISC rogram administered by an on-site program officer or program director—when the program concluded. Simply put, the development team was supposed to work itself out of a job and transfer many ...

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