Neighborhood transformation is not a complementary strategy in the fight against poverty; it is the central one. A specific, tailored plan will be needed for every distressed neighborhood we operate in.
MPAC’s community-based supportive programming--recreation, afterschool programs, financial literacy classes, job training, and others— will take a healthy, functioning neighborhood for these systems to stand a chance of delivering the outcomes we expect. Accomplishing our goals will require partnering with existing groups to provide these programs and collaborating across operating silos so that neighborhood transformation becomes a central strategic imperative.
Our Commitment to the Community
MPAC’s commitment to the communities we serve will revolve around four Core Values to shape its development process and vision: Opportunity, Equity, Partnerships, and Accountability. MPAC is committed to using these core values to shape discussion of the company’s future and to ensure that the resulting plan is visionary, realistic, and focused on specific and measurable outcomes.
Develop a community’s facilities and services to not only support low-income families who may need extra help to break the cycle of poverty, but that also tie the neighborhood together and create a sense of community.
As a community of color, entrepreneurial spirit, workforce principles are fundamental to long-term success. Equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Frayser’s residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.
MPAC cannot achieve this vision alone. Effective partnerships with community organizations, neighborhoods, business groups, and other government agencies are essential. This plan is the shared product of community collaboration. In pursuing the visions outlined here, MPAC will work closely with its partners to efficiently use existing resources. Bring our Strategic Plan to reality will be a community effort.
An impoverished community’s emergence from difficult times can only be accomplished through discipline and hard decisions. MPAC’s success will depend on efficient and effective performance from its staff, partners, and government and city officials. Pursuit to MPAC’s Strategic Plan will be transparency and accountability.
See what are people saying
“People talk about Frayser like people don’t actually live here. They just talk about Frayser as maybe an investment, or ‘it’s only land here,’ or, ‘it’s only blight and vacant houses and crime, but it’s more to it than that. People do actually live here. I live here!”
— Frayser Resident