A snapshot of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood:
- Decent, affordable housing is scarce.
- Nearby health care options are few.
- Transportation, without a car, is difficult and time consuming.
- There are no supermarkets within walking distance.
- The crime rate is double the national average.
Charleston Promise Neighborhood focuses its work on the 5.6-square-mile area in Charleston County called The Neck, which fits this description.
This geographic footprint is home to just over 24,000 residents—6,500 of whom are children under the age of 20. It straddles portions of the cities of Charleston and North Charleston.
• North Charleston households have a median annual income of $39,543, far less than surrounding counties—Dorchester ($54,901), Charleston ($53,437) and Berkeley ($52,506), the state ($45,483), and the U.S. ($53,889).
• Single Female Head of Household. Across the Neck Area, over 30% of households are run by single females, many of whom support multiple children and grandchildren. That is double the percentage in Charleston County overall (15%).
The only way up? Education.
Charleston Promise Neighborhood’s founders studied the nationally recognized Harlem Children’s Zone to determine strategies that address a complex series of needs for the area’s children.
Here’s what they found:
Transformation comes from within the community by engaging and empowering residents.
Charleston Promise Neighborhood works with schools, parents and community members to help improve conditions and give every child an opportunity to thrive.