What We Do
As a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America has created places of opportunity in communities across the country for nearly 40 years. We build the skills, supplement the funding and amplify the reach of grassroots organizations so they can leverage additional resources to achieve their missions.
Our network of more than 245 independent, nonprofit organizations
helps individuals, families and communities thrive through comprehensive approaches to affordable housing and community development.
We help build strong, resilient communities by providing people with opportunities to live in safe, healthy and affordable housing.
We support our network and the broader field through:
- Grants. In fiscal year 2016, NeighborWorks network members reported more than $7 billion of investment in their communities. This level of investment is possible because for every $1 of federal appropriation we award, NeighborWorks organizations are able to attract another $91 to expand local impact.
- Technical assistance. We offer multiple grant, capacity-building and peer-exchange opportunities designed to help our members expand their work, pilot and replicate new approaches, build new partnerships, and improve their performance and governance.
- Training and leadership development. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community-development and affordable-housing professionals, awarding nearly 19,000 certificates in fiscal year 2016. Our offerings serve residents, network organizations and the field generally. All courses are regularly updated to reflect industry standards and current trends.
- Organizational assessment. To ensure that our network organizations are strong and healthy in their operations—and remain that way—we conduct rigorous assessments before their acceptance into NeighborWorks and every year thereafter. We also help our members incorporate evaluation into their own “ethos” through Success Measures, a NeighborWorks social enterprise that helps nonprofits and their funders measure the impact of their community-development efforts and investments.