is a group of local residents who work together to address issues affecting their lives, such as keeping their families healthy and safe and having a job to keep food on the table.
Resident coalitions can help bring about community change in many ways - both independently and/or in partnership with local organizations or collaborative groups.
For example, resident coalitions can:
- understand needs in the community and why they are happening
- strategize what to do about these issues
- take action
- learn about whether those actions are starting to make a difference to inform next steps
Resident coalitions can also influence community decision-making, for example by helping local organizations decide which programs to launch or which staff to hire.