At Clark Commons in Buena Park, Jamboree’s Community Collaborative strategy includes a variety of community stakeholders. At the outset of development planning, these stakeholders worked to customize programming by identifying shared goals. This unique strategy is the first step in our four-step process that begins with a community needs assessment and leads to an ongoing action plan that supports the desired outcomes.
How do we know we’re succeeding? Over time, the community’s needs change, and services are redirected or expanded, bringing new partners into the collaborative. Here’s how the Clark Commons Community Collaborative began and then evolved.
In 2015, our first Community Collaborative was launched at Clark Commons, a new construction affordable apartment community in Buena Park, California, as part of the city’s revitalization initiative. The property was a blighted site with a non-conforming retail center, the city’s public works maintenance yard, and an auto repair facility. Transformed as part of a 10-acre master development, Clark Commons shares the site with market-rate townhomes and incorporates local retail shops.
Jamboree initiated planning and development using a Design-Build strategy that included prospective services, forming the Collaborative with local partners from the surrounding neighborhood. These included the city of Buena Park, Providence St. Jude’s Medical Center, Orange County Health Care Agency, and the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, among others, working together with neighborhood residents to identify the unique needs of their community.
The Clark Commons Community Collaborative set out to address childhood obesity and increase literacy. Residents were empowered to have ownership in planning and executing ways to achieve these goals. A Resident Leadership Team was formed to develop action plans, partnering with Mabel L. Pendleton Elementary School across the street and their Classroom Without Walls initiative. This leadership team took a 10-week training that residents now lead on an ongoing basis as new residents move into Clark Commons.
Our first Jamboree Community Collaborative has grown into an expansive network of 10+ partners that now includes California State University Fullerton, America on Track, and Child Guidance Center, and led to a $450,000 Cal Optima grant for onsite mental health services.
The Community Collaborative fuels the success of quality affordable housing by creating a platform for real change, with a flexible adaptability that delivers improved outcomes where needed most – in education, nutrition and health, technology, and medical and mental health services. Needs and objectives are assessed annually, often leading to new partnerships that foster continued momentum. Going forward, the focus of the Clark Commons Community Collaborative is evolving to:
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