Neighbourhood Houses (NHs) are place-based third sector organizations that offer a service model that integrates the functions of social delivery, community building, and community change through local community/neighborhood centers.
What Makes Neighbourhood Houses Unique?
- Place-based, neighborhood-based focus
- Multi-service: Integrated service delivery/provision
- Community governed, driven, ownership
- Promote social inclusion and integration of newcomers to Canada
- Generate social capital in local community
- Increase access to social services and education
- Facilitate positive interactions between residents
- Sensitive to local needs, services are needs-based
- Membership-based service approach that positions service users as active participants, commitment to nurturing sense of ownership in community
- Community-building, nurture sense of community and collective efficacy
- Community self-help and empowerment, mutual interdependence
- Social Change
- Strategically inclusive to engage different groups in various social change agendas
- Respect for diversity
- Multi-generational emphasis
- Sensitivity and respect for diversity (Yan, 2004)
Neighborhood Houses Nurture…..
- Social capital among community
(Yan & Lauer, 2008)
The Neighbourhood House model takes a holistic perspective of human needs and adopt a comprehensive service model which provides services across the following domain
Motives of democratic participation, sharing, and reciprocity are are actualized through these services (Yan, 2004)
Functions of Neighbourhood Houses
- Social service delivery
- Community building-asset building
- Social change
Yan, M. C. (2004). Bridging the fragmented community: Revitalizing settlement houses in the global era. Journal of Community Practice, 12(1/5), 51-68.
Yan, M.C., & Lauer, S. (2008). Social capital and ethno-cultural diverse immigrants: a canadian study on settlement house and social integration. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 17(3), 229-249.