Casa de Maryland Awarded $250,000 to Promote Economic Progress in Langley Park
One of 13 Organizations Selected by the Citi Foundation and Low Income Investment Fund to Advance the Community “Quarterback” Model.
Langley Park, MD – CASA de Maryland will receive $250,000 in Citi Foundation funding to increase economic progress in Langley Park as part of the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative launched today in New York City. The initiative, backed by the Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), aims to advance the “quarterback” model of community development by building the capacity of trusted organizations that align objectives, resources, and efforts among local stakeholders to create strong, resilient neighborhoods and paths to economic opportunity.
Under the one-year grant, CASA will coordinate non-profit, governmental, corporate, school and university-based partners to implement a series of strategies to address challenges facing Langley Park families including poor academic achievement, intergenerational poverty, and limited English capacity. Among the nine areas of achievement planned for the project year, PIP will support the creation of a set of out-of-school programs and services for school age children and increased access to school and clinic-based health services. Langley Park presents a critical opportunity to test nationally-relevant models of dual generation learning and place-based solutions to economic and academic achievement gaps in immigrant suburban communities.
“Support of the Partners in Progress Initiative will allow CASA to convene the critical partners necessary to permanently and positively alter the future of Langley Park families,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA, who was in New York City to receive the award and participate in kickoff events with the Citi Foundation and LIIF leadership.
Through PIP, CASA and the other grantees will be able to initiate or deepen their efforts to become community quarterbacks. In this role, they will lead the development or expansion of local stakeholder networks to improve places—the physical environment of a community including housing, transit, and safety— and create opportunities for people—such as jobs, child development, education, and health.
“Langley Park is a wonderfully diverse community with extraordinary opportunities,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “CASA has been a pivotal partner of the County and our Langley Park Transforming Neighborhood Initiative team in addressing challenges and working tirelessly with local residents to enhance Langley Park as a community. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to achieve our common goals and to create long-term solutions that will continue to improve the lives of Langley Park residents. “