Historically, low-income Memphis residents have received services through individual government programs or funding sources, including funds flowing from federal sources (e.g., Medicare, TANF, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly food stamps) and local community organizations, many of which are small faith-based entities. Memphis also has had an unusually large number of community development corporations (CDCs) (over 30 incorporated and over 100 including those not formally incorporated), most with few resources or staff. In recent years, the city and the community organizations within it have attracted and dedicated substantial new resources and sources of funds, many with sweeping and ambitious mandates. Several of the larger and most ambitious efforts set in motion since 2010 are place-based, with the aim of organizing and growing existing resources and services, creating new neighborhood- or housing-based services and resources, spurring neighborhood economic development, and fostering community.
One of these new place-based efforts is Agape's Powerlines Community New initiative, which is based out of apartment buildings in poor and distressed neighborhoods. Powerlines' goal is to coordinate, provide, and leverage community resources for neighborhood residents. Another is Memphis Community LIFT, which grew out of a longer-term community planning process. LIFT is focused on specific clusters of neighborhoods identified in the planning process, where it will work to foster neighborhood-level economic development and revitalization. On a city-wide level, the Mayor's office has obtained several new sources of funding. This includes substantial federal and private funding awards for strategies and implementation regarding local business revitalization, reduction of gun violence (particularly among youth), and prevention of teen pregnancy.
(For a detailed summary of new and continuing local efforts, see the assessment memo included as appendix C.)
"Memphis Final Brief.pdf" (pdf, 717.21Kb)
"Appendix A-Focus Group Materials.pdf" (pdf, 174.61Kb)
"Appendix B-Maps.pdf" (pdf, 3.81Mb)