Community Leadership Alliance

Fostering Equity

Community Leadership Alliance’s comprehensive approach involves various stakeholders working together to find innovative sustainable solutions that promote the overall well-being of South Phoenix residents.

Community infrastructures are vital for creating a viable, prosperous, and sustainable environment for people to be born, live, socialize, attend school, grow, develop, and work. Healthy community infrastructures offer essential services and systems that foster economic development, promote social cohesion, and improve residents’ overall quality of life. Economic policies and strategies, development agendas, social norms, social policies, access to quality health care and education, and political systems co-exist to ensure that public health and humanitarian programs promote healthy community infrastructures. Residents in healthy community infrastructures benefit in the following areas:


  • Access to quality healthcare
  • Access to quality education systems
  • Health promotion initiative 
  • Economic Opportunities 
  • Safe Environments
  • Community Engagement
  • Mental Health Education and Access
  • Homeownership
  • Social Support
  • An environment that promotes family cohesion
  • Transparent and accountable governance
  • Infrastructure connectivity 

Unhealthy community infrastructures manifest due to historical discriminatory factors within economic policies and strategies, development agendas, social norms, social policies, racism, poor access to quality schools, poor access to quality health care, and political systems. The byproduct of discriminatory practices is long-term harmful community infrastructures that reinforce inequity and inequity. People who live in communities with poor infrastructure face numerous challenges and disadvantages that significantly impact their daily lives and overall well-being.

  • Economic disadvantages
  • Psychological and Emotion struggles
  • Social inequality and inclusion (low-income housing for vulnerable populations)
  • Education barriers
  • Limited access to quality healthcare
  • Migration and Urbanization
  • Little recreation and social activities 
  • Limited resilience to disasters 
  • Poor representation in the justice system


South Phoenix community infrastructure is unhealthy due to historical housing racism, predatory loans, unfair justice systems, redlining, segregation, limited access to quality health care, food deserts, high crime rates, limited access to quality early childhood education, policing, and racial profiling by police, stole land in the name of eminent domain, poor economic development, limit diversion and family reunification programs, and injustice criminal system that’s overpopulated with poor and people of color.

Community Leadership Alliance sends out the CALL TO ACTION to create partnerships that will help strengthen South Phoenix Community Infrastructure.

Asset Model, Direct Impact Solutions, Partnership Funding

Elements of the Asset Based Development model are used to identify assets, locate supports that strengthen assets, and implement innovative plans to improve the support. Assets are essential to a community because they are foundational building blocks.

Direct Impact Solutions are financial, in-kind, and material resources used to improve South Phoenix assets. Community Leadership Alliance will locate support in financial assistance, in-kind, and human capital to address social determinants of health.

Partnership Funding- Partners who donate funds directly to identify target areas.



Access to Quality Early Childhood Education

Problem – Illiteracy, low test scores

Goal– Eliminate illitercy

Outcome – Eliminates poverty, improves health and well-being of community

Target Areas of Focus

Strategies to Support Roosevelt School District and Early Childhood Programs in South Phoenix

  • Mandatory School Orientation Workshop
  • Innovative Digital Illiteracy Program Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • Volunteerism/Tutoring
  • Increase the Number of Qualified Teachers
  • Community Education Groups
  • Increase Support to Local and Private Daycare Centers



Neighborhoods that Promote Health and Safety

Problem – High cime, unaffordable rent/home prices, vulnerable population at risk of homelessness, poor aesthetics

Goal– Decrease crime, secure affordable housing for low income and at-risk population

Outcome – Safe neighborhoods for families to live and purchase homes

Target Areas of Focus

High Crime Area 48th Street and Broadway

Crime Deterrant Plan

  • Private Security Policing 24 Hours a Day
  • Free Door Camera Service
  • Education on Crime Prevention in Community Centers and Schools

Improve Aesthetics

24th Roeser/24th Southern

  • Improving Landscaping, Fix Gates, Paint homes, Plant Trees

Special Homebuying Programs for Low Income Families in South Phoenix

  • Mixed Income Developments that Offer Affordable Housing for Vulnerable and Low-Income Families



Building Positive Relationships in the Home and Community

Problem – Limited family support systems and activity spaces

Goal– Increase family programming supports, family reunification supports, family education and therapy, spaces where families can engage in fun social activities

Outcome – Decrease recidivism, improve education performance, improve overall well-being of residence, improve emotional intelligence

Target Areas of Focus

24th Broadway

No Social Family Spaces

  • Sit Down Restaurant
  • Musuem of History
  • Multi-Generational Recreational Facility
  • Yearly Carnival

Limited Mental and Emotional Support Services

  • Free Family Therapy
  • Free Life Coaching for Offenders, Families
  • Reunification Spaces for Families with Children in DCS