SINA’s previous economic development focus had been oriented towards increasing employment opportunities as well as increasing the neighborhood’s median family income. With the economic situation worsening, SINA has felt the need to return to this focal point. As a catalyst for economic development in the Southside neighborhoods of Hartford, Connecticut, SINA’s energies are focused helping refresh commercial corridors with streetscape and façade improvements that are vital to the overall health of the community. For a comprehensive neighborhood renewal strategy to succeed, a vibrant and strong business sector is an essential part of the plan.
Economic Development Articles:
Health and Wellness Spotlight: Bullying and Mean Behavior in Schools (Winter 2013)
Many parents are apprehensive about sending children to school for fear that their child may be treated unfairly, teased, socially isolated, physically threatened or assaulted. In a recent survey, 30% of children report being involved in bullying behaviors, as either the target, the bully or both. Read more
Growing Community (Summer 2012)
Two organizations are taking the initiative to develop vacant lots in the Frog Hollow and Behind the Rocks neighborhoods while feeding and supporting the community. On July 6, 2011, SINA offered vacant lots on Zion Street to Summer of Solutions Hartford. Another nonprofit organization developing vacant lots is the Hartford Food System, which creates a sustainable, equitable and healthy food environment. Read more