A case study assessing Opportunity Chicago, which was supported by MacArthur through the Partnership for New Communities, analyzes how the initiative successfully helped 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by connecting low-skilled, low income job seekers to workforce development resources. Opportunity Chicago was a “collective impact” effort that brought together government agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and employers in a collaborative framework for development and integration of resources and services needed to meet the needs of the city’s public housing residents.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.