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Anchor organizations, Fifth Ward CRC and  Pleasant Hill CDC,  currently engaged in the revitalization of Houston’s 5th Ward, are expanding their work in bricks and mortar development and planning to a comprehensive approach that also focuses on the individuals and families that express an interest in wanting to improve their quality of life through a conglomerate of resources  available through The Center for Urban Transformation. 


    Led by the 2 anchors,  a  collaboration of Houston organizations and institutions  established the Center for Urban Transformation in the 5thWard to provide community members a better continuum of services, bridge gaps, drive innovative cross-sector programming, and expand resident capacity to lead change. A team of representatives from collaborating partners developed a strategic plan that will guide implementation of the new initiative.  The collaboration includes:

·         Attorney Joel Androphy / Berg and Androphy

·        Baylor College of Medicine

·        Can Do Houston

·        Houston Habitat for Humanity

·        Kinder Institute at Rice University

·        Legacy Community Health

·        Pleasant Hill Ministries and A Fifth Ward Coalition of Churches

·        Yes Prep School - Fifth Ward

The collaborative has initially focused its’ energy in these areas: Education  - “Empowering Educational Equity in Houston’s 5th Ward” a report of recommendation from the community for the community for Houston ISD; Health and Wellness - welcoming a new Legacy Community Health Center; and Social Injustice and Inequalities – a pro-bono strategic partnership between Berg & Androphy  and Pleasant Hill to  level the playing field and to eliminate to the extent possible the well-documented, racially motivated convictions and sentences that make a successful life for at-risk youth with criminal cases an impossibility.  Most recently, Harris County District Attorney Ogg  and leadership from Houston's  Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and Berg &  Androphy engaged in dialogue and strategies to  best bring about the cultural changes necessary to effect system-wide improvement as it relates to criminal justice and the inequities  among minorities and low income individuals, particularly youth.  

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