Within the City of Wilmington high-poverty neighborhoods, high-unemployment rates, rampant crime, health disparities, and low-performing schools contribute to increasing the negative outcomes associated with living in poverty. Due to this turmoil, high-poverty neighborhoods are unable to leverage valuable assets that provide a basis for economic growth and improvement for residents’ quality of life.
Many of these neighborhoods are located near the city’s central business district, transit lines, and waterfronts. Recognizing that interconnected solutions are needed in order to resolve the cyclical problems existing in high-poverty neighborhoods this initiative promotes community solutions with community based institutions to form strong bonds and durable social capital.
The goal of The Campaign for Access and Opportunity is to develop connectivity throughout neighborhoods by promoting equitable and affordable housing, enhancing economic competitiveness, improving healthcare access, and coordinating policies and leveraging investment. This Initiative is to provide urban revitalization and sustainability to distressed neighborhoods by creating neighborhoods of opportunity by focusing on five key access points for action Education, Employment, Housing, Small Business, and Health; The Campaign for Access and Opportunity.