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A 35 year old, Trenton-based nonprofit that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.

Community Planning

Community Planning

Isles’ Community Planning and Development department fosters resident participation in and knowledge of the neighborhood  redevelopment and planning processes. 

asset mapping

Isles teaches residents to organize so they can, identify land use, economic, environmental, health, education, social service, and other challenges and opportunities in their communities. We practice asset-based planning, whereby, working from strength, we and the communities we serve develop practical plans that will attract the funding needed for implementation.

Isles assists residents and other stakeholders to:

•Understand local interests, strengths, and weaknesses.

• Explore collective opportunities and challenges.

• Build leadership skills and make informed decisions.

• Forge coalitions and work collaboratively.

• Educate the public, using Isles-developed maps, models, charts, and other techniques to teach and engage their peers, as well as government and other funders.

• Partner with thoughtful designers, architects, and development professionals who actively listen and become vital partners.