URBAN POVERTY IS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL and so it's important to develop holistic solutions. Development driven by people is characterized by Learning that Empowers, providing improved access to life-enhancing education; a Healthy Habitat for All, emphasizing responsible stewardship of space, the environment and health of the community; and Wealth Creation at the lowest levels of society, creating opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
2. Strengthening Faith Communities
URBAN POVERTY IS BASED IN HOPELESSNESS and a web of lies that entraps the poor in ongoing cycles of indignity. That's why planting and revitalizing faith communities provides a powerful context for holistic change, both through Jesus Communities, which become a center for change at all levels, and Mental Freedom, where people discover spiritual and psychological health and freedom from destructive patterns.
3. Peace Building
URBAN POVERTY IS A BREAKDOWN OF RELATIONSHIPS so we engage in peace building which involves a transformation toward more manageable, peaceful relationships and governance structures. This long-term process involves addressing root causes and effects, reconciling differences, normalizing relations, and building up people and institutions that can manage conflict without resorting to violence.
4. Drive Systemic Change
URBAN POVERTY EXISTS BECAUSE OF UNJUST SYSTEMS that don't work for the poor. Consequently, even with the best grass-roots, bottom-up development elements, there must be work done on the macro level, creating Systems that Work for the poor, namely in the economic, political and legal realms.
5. Reproduce and Multiply
URBAN POVERTY PERSISTS BECAUSE INTERVENTIONS REMAIN SMALL and aren't designed for reproducibility and scalability. True transformation, it follows, is achieved as holistic, people-driven development initiatives grow and are duplicated through Healthy Reproduction.