U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

iDISPLA INITIATIVE   |  Feb 06, 2020

This initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the nonprofit Greer Institute/ISC team sets forth the intent of the Parties to cooperate on a research and a crowdsourcing technology deployment initiative that creates opportunities to engage citizens in new and innovative ways that proactively address the challenges facing their daily lives. This includes creating the ability for citizens to both surface areas of need from their day-to-day living conditions and to provide tangible solutions to the very problems that they themselves identified. HUD's policy development and engagement functions will be carried out by the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships (CFNP), in coordination with HUD's other program offices. Through this collaborative effort, the Parties seek to maximize the benefits of shared learning and shared resources on democratizing opportunity and innovation strategies to provide hope, encourage participation, enable new economies, address critical areas of need, and improve quality of life to better support a sustainable outreach program to meet the needs of vulnerable citizens of all ages that reside in inner cities and communities. This initiative will be executed through a public-private partnership model to utilize the talents and resources of private sector companies and a broader population of subject matter experts that can engage in this first of its kind undertaking. This initiative can enable positive widespread horizontal impacts across the entire HUD organization that include the offices located in the ten regions throughout the United States.

The Greer Institute/ISC team is working to win back opportunities for struggling Americans by being a positive force for change on the most serious issues they face today: poverty, hunger, income, and isolation. Team member Project Support Services will lead the program execution and management of this initiative. By engaging, leveraging and providing outlets for individuals to express their creativity and intellect at scale to these four issues and supporting them with continuous feedback loops, opportunity and emerging technology capabilities, the organization serves the unique needs of citizens across the nation while working with local organizations, private sector companies, NGOs and Family Foundations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, democratize opportunity, empower our citizens and transform the way we all participate to create better lives. To help the ISC, a key member of iDISPLA platform, pursue its mission, successful early groundbreaking initiatives in these impact areas can benefit from HUD's depth, breadth, and reach in inner cities and community development throughout the country regarding current programs that are developed to serve this vulnerable population. As previously stated, by leveraging the resources and networks of both organizations, ISC can maximize its effectiveness, create new collaborative approaches to assist the lives of our citizens and increase.

ISC/Greer Institute team, US Army C5ISR NVESD and HUD will collaborate on mutual priorities through research and other initiatives to maximize the benefits of shared learning and shared resources on improving strategies and policies to better support vulnerable citizens that reside in inner cities and communities.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. To help HUD pursue its mission, CFNP can benefit from lessons, evidence, and best practices sourced from research on community engagement strategies and initiatives targeted to serve a vulnerable population. By collaborating with ISC, HUD program offices can learn new approaches to engage with residents from ISC's expertise in distributed problem-solving methods, tactics and programs to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and visible outcomes of HUD programs. By leveraging the resources and networks of both organizations, HUD can maximize its investments and increase the impact of its work across inner cities and communities across our Nation.

The Army C5ISR NVESD as an iDISPLA partner will provide a technical challenge. This initiative will provide accessing inner city residents and veterans' organizations across the Nation to crowdsourcing potential solutions to the specific technical challenge, and thus expand the outreach to underrepresented students as part of its STEM/STEAM mission.