JPMorgan Chase has announced The Real Estate Council (TREC) Community Fund as a recipient of a $6 million investment from the financial institution’s Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) program.
The 2018 PRO Neighborhoods investment started a one-year equitable development planning process in the Forest District, The Bottom, and West Dallas Census Tract 205. The 2019 PRO Neighborhoods investment will be directed toward catalytic development and projects, as well as access to resources in those three neighborhoods.
The commitment is the largest single investment ever awarded to TREC Community Fund, coming on the heels of an earlier $400,000 JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods commitment in 2018, and is one of only seven in the country.
JPMorgan Chase will be investing the $6 million over three years through the TREC Community Fund, which has formed a collaborative partnership between the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Education & Innovation HUB, LiftFund, and the Texas Mezzanine Fund, to implement the investment. Called the Dallas Collaboration for Equitable Development (DCED), the collaborative partnership will leverage shared resources to meet the capacity, programming, and access to capital needs of all partnering community organizations.
“This is truly a historic moment for the City of Dallas,” says Linda McMahon, president, and CEO of The Real Estate Council. “This effort will provide the resources these communities told us they wanted through the yearlong planning effort and illustrates what’s possible when deliberate and collaborative community planning is forged through enduring partnerships among all stakeholders.
“Our collective approach will continue to address the acute needs to develop affordable housing, increase access to workforce training, investment in small businesses, and deliver much-needed community leadership training as core outcomes.”
The JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods investment represents a significant milestone for TREC, which two years ago launched the Dallas Catalyst Project through the TREC Foundation, allocating an initial three-year $1 million investment to The Forest District with an overarching goal of spurring exponential investment through place-based strategies and creating catalytic real estate projects and community engagement.
“It’s important to recognize not everyone is sharing in Dallas’ amazing economic expansion,” says Elaine Agather, chairman of JPMorgan Chase in Dallas. “JPMorgan Chase is committed to creating greater opportunity in these struggling Dallas neighborhoods – and for the families who live there.
“Our investment in The Real Estate Council Community Fund and collaboration with their dedicated community partners will have a lasting impact to help these neighborhoods thrive and grow in a way that allows current residents to participate in the transformation,” Agather continues. “The terrific, insightful work done as a result of last year’s PRO Neighborhoods investment demonstrated that these neighborhoods and partners are ready to take a bold leap forward.”
This year’s PRO Neighborhoods investment achieves an essential goal of the Dallas Catalyst Project while building upon last year’s $400,000 investment, which focused on developing a research and data-driven strategic plan to deliver resources toward economic inequality in the City of Dallas and within the three impacted neighborhoods.
“I am proud that Dallas will benefit from this tremendous commitment from JPMorgan Chase’s PRO Neighborhoods program. This meaningful investment in our city will help aid our collaborative effort to improve our housing stock, boost small businesses, and develop our workforce for the modern economy,” says Dallas mayor Eric Johnson. “The City of Dallas will rely on data-driven approaches to eliminate inequities in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to supporting the implementation of this investment.”
Launched by JPMorgan Chase in 2016, the PRO Neighborhood competition is part of the firm’s larger $125 million, five-year commitment aimed to equip community leaders with the tools needed to transform underserved neighborhoods into neighborhoods of opportunity where diverse individuals and families at all income levels can live.
“This is not only a historic moment for these neighborhoods and the City of Dallas, but it is also a historic moment for all of TREC’s members and investors,” adds McMahon. “Twenty-five years ago, as our members founded TREC Foundation, we set an enormously ambitious goal to invest our human and financial capital into Dallas’ low-income communities. Today, we’re seeing that investment yield dividends for these neighborhoods that would have been unimaginable before taking this course. Our members and investors believe impact investments make a difference.”