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Last Updated: 2017-03-13


Every Richmond resident will have access to quality schools, quality employment opportunities and the training needed to be successful in such opportunities, safe and vibrant neighborhood settings, mobility via an effective transportation system, and a thriving civil society that supports strong families.

Global Goal

Implement a holistic strategy addressing interrelated needs in employment, education, housing and health, with the long-term aim of reducing overall poverty in the City of Richmond 40% by 2030.

Focus Area Specific Goals

The OCWB has three primary goals:

Primary Goal One

Increase living-wage employment by Richmond Residents.

Primary Goal Two

Support youth and families from early childhood to young adulthood to develop their capacities to the fullest and facilitate upward social mobility.

Primary Goal Three

Improve the quality-of-life in low income communities through housing policy.

About Us

The Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) was established by (Former Mayor) Dwight C. Jones in the spring of 2014 and operates as a first-of-its-kind City office.

In December 2015 City Council enacted Former Mayor Jones’s proposal to establish the Office of Community Wealth Building as a permanent department.

The office is the brainchild of the Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission, and was later developed into the Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty. The creation of the Office of Community Wealth Building was one of the central recommendations of the Commission.

Much has been accomplished since the inception of the OCWB:

Workforce Innovation

The city’s Center for Workforce Innovation (CWI) connected more than 175 residents in fiscal 2015 to employment, while building innovative collaborations with partners such as Capital One, Strickland Machine Company and the United Way. The city launched a new program, Building Lives to Independence and Self Sufficiency (BLISS), to provide intensive family based wraparound support services to assist working parents in getting ahead by addressing common obstacles such as transportation and child care.

Early Childhood

The city and Richmond Public Schools, in conjunction with numerous community partners and the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have launched a major early childhood initiative aimed at identifying and meeting high priority needs in this critical area. Early fruits of this work include the successful RVA Reads book program in the city’s pre K classrooms.

Out of School Time

With funding from the city and numerous private donors, NextUp RVA has launched high quality afterschool programs in Henderson and Boushall middle schools, providing adolescents both academic support and exposure to a variety of new experiences and activities.

College and Career Planning

In the Fall of 2015 the city, in collaboration with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) and the RPS Education Foundation, launched the innovative program RVA Future to bolster the career and college planning resources available to RPS high school students and ensure that more students are connected to quality postsecondary opportunities. Future Centers staffed by a fulltime professional are now operational in all five comprehensive high schools, providing assistance to hundreds of students.

Housing & Transportation

Several major projects advancing the aims of the city’s poverty reduction initiative have moved forward significantly, including the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) Pulse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the spine of a potential regional transit system, and the first set of projects supported by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Last Updated: 2020-04-05

Contact Information:

Office of Community Wealth Building
900 E. Broad Street
Suite 1502
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: (804) 646-6464

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