2018 • 4 years • Chicago Commitment
Founded in 2010, Austin Coming Together (ACT) is a collaboration of twelve community organizations serving this far Westside Chicago neighborhood. ACT functions as the coordinating agency for its members and has led the creation of a joint vision and strategy, while working to align the members’ collective resources to pursue joint initiatives and projects. ACT coordinated its members’ creation of the Thrive 2025 Plan, which, with United Way of Metro Chicago funding, develops human services strategies to improve educational and employment outcomes for Austin residents. With assistance from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Chicago office, ACT members also engage a broad cross section of local stakeholders, including residents, to develop a "quality of life" plan that maps out strategies to expand opportunities for youth, reclaim vacant and abandoned housing, promote economic development, and improve public safety. MacArthur funding underwrites the first phase of implementation of the quality of life plan, and leverages new public and private resources for the effort.