With funding from NeighborWorks America, Rural Neighborhoods began working with residents and stakeholders in early 2015 to comprehensively assess the strengths and challenges of the Eden Park-Esperanza Place (EP2) neighborhoods in Immokalee. This diverse area is home to approximately 7,400 residents, the majority of whom are Latino (81%).
The result of this 18-month effort was the creation of the Eden Park-Esperanza Place Mi Casa – Kominote M Revitalization Plan. Developed using a collaborative approach, it puts on paper the many ideas and goals of residents and stakeholders for turning EP2 into a safe, livable community. The Plan is divided into four areas: physical environment, education and youth, healthy lifestyles, and resident engagement and includes goals and strategies related to each area.
The next step involves implementation of the many ideas brought forward by residents. Resident involvement and participation will be critical to improving the community and ensuring sustainable change. For more information or to get involved with EP2, contact Steve Kirk at 305-242-2142 or Dottie Cook at 239-658-3315.