The GO Network includes 13 neighborhoods in Houston. GO Neighborhoods began in 2009 in two Houston neighborhoods—Northside and Independence Heights. In December 2012, the OST/South Union community joined the partnership, followed by Fifth Ward in September 2018, and Northline in January 2020. There are also nine additional GO Neighborhoods that LISC engage with at different levels of investment: Acres Homes, Alief, Denver Harbor/Port Houston, Greater Third Ward, Gulfton, Kashmere/Trinity/Houston Gardens, Magnolia Park, and Sunnyside.
To ensure success in the communities we work with, LISC wants to understand the level of readiness and capacity for change in the neighborhood. Based on that assessment LISC provides three levels of investment to respond to the needs of each neighborhood within the network and the resources LISC can attract to the initiative:
Comprehensive – high capacity for change and LISC is “all in” with integrated investments. Efforts are addressing multiple pillars of Building Sustainable Communities approach and collecting data.
Collaborative – capacity is growing, there is momentum building and some participation in advocacy and training. LISC has a major investment and ongoing relationship with at least one organization.
Connected – there is interest in learning and small projects are underway. LISC is making transactional investments and beginning a relationship with the neighborhood.