Commitment to Action

Scaling Up a Community Renewal Demonstration City

Commitment by

Community Renewal International

Community Renewal International (CRI) has developed a working model that systematically initiates, grows, and sustains safe and caring communities with concrete, measurable results. Over ten years, CRI commits to expand its approach to neighborhoods citywide in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, in order to showcase how a whole city can be renewed and strengthened through an actionable and measurable model. This commitment centers on the scaling up plan for the most intensive of CRI's 3 programs--the Friendship House strategy. Friendship Houses provide direct services to children, youth, and families in a safe, caring, and nurturing atmosphere that offers educational assistance, mentoring, life-skills programs, conflict resolution, parenting skills training, and family support strategies. They directly serve the neighborhoods with the highest levels of poverty, unemployment and crime.





Scaling Up a Community Renewal Demonstration City



Est. Duration

9 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Community Renewal International

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Fuller Center for Housing, David Toms Foundation, University of Oklahoma