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Celebrate the Spirit of Success: A Guide to Best Practices

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Date Published
July 1998
320 pages
This report describes development and implementation of programs to enhance the safety and security, personal empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency of public housing residents.
Best practices within a public housing program included one or more of the following success factors: (1) generated public safety and security; (2) reduced substance abuse and other negative dependencies and dysfunctional behaviors and attitudes; (3) transferred skills and technology; (4) invested in youth development; (5) involved key stakeholders; (6) built partnerships and other collaborative efforts; (7) leveraged resources; (8) recruited and retained motivated volunteers; (9) applied effective outreach and media strategies; (10) developed and maintained strong, committed leadership; (11) built programs based on focused intentions and shared values; (12) empowered residents to take responsibility for themselves and their community; (13) helped residents develop self-esteem and inner strengths; (14) used a systematic, life-cycle approach to programming; (15) tailored programs to local needs and strengths; (16) was effectively and accountably managed; (17) practiced open and honest communication; (18) integrated multiple programs and served multiple generations; (19) worked with individuals, families, and communities as whole systems; (20) acknowledged the interconnectedness of people; (21) removed social and cultural barriers within and beyond public housing; (22) emphasized positive, proactive, and prevention oriented activities and outcomes; and (23) fostered economic self-sufficiency. Figures, appendixes, references, resources