Thirty percent of Dallas’ population lives in poverty. A shortage of affordable housing and food deserts in parts of the city worsen the problem. The role of Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF) through our DLF Neighborhoods program is to help leaders transform the neighborhoods they call home.
How do we do it? We start from the ground-up. We work to identify, cultivate, support and assist community leaders in the targeted neighborhoods we serve. DLF works to bring together community resources, partners and funding to support the efforts of existing or newly developed Home Ownership Association’s in these neighborhoods.
Lastly, our neighborhoods come to us. We don’t dictate what the dreams for their neighborhoods should be; we let the community tell us what they hope for and then work to leverage our resources on their behalf.
What We Do
The aim of this department is to equip local leaders in their efforts to reduce crime, increase community engagement, promote safety, and improve housing.
Our DLF Neighborhoods staff team works in our target neighborhoods with local leaders on a weekly basis to increase neighborhood vitality. A Neighborhood Vitality Index is the assessment tool DLF uses to determine the overall health of a neighborhood measuring employment opportunities, education resources, safety controls, volunteerism, and health needs of residents.
DLF also assists neighborhood leaders in identifying community assets from within their community. This includes helping them create a list of community assets, engage block captains, and plan cleanup days, health fairs, surveys, prayer walks, and more.
As part of DLF’s Neighborhood weekly departmental service to neighborhood leaders, DLF provides trained interns from Paul Quinn College are utilized to offer administrative support (i.e., filing and organizing bills) and leadership training for partner neighborhood associations.