Neighbourhood Project closed
The City of Helsinki Neighbourhood Project was closed at the end of 2017, having been in operation for 22 years.
The Helsinki City Board established the Neighbourhood Project at the beginning of 1996. The goals of the project were to define general outlines for neighbourhood development and to organize local neighbourhood development activities. The project was allocated an annual budget to achieve these goals.
The Neighbourhood Project’s last City Board-approved project plan was for 2016–2017. The plan focused on local activities and prevention of social exclusion.
In its last year of operation, the Neighbourhood Project focused on improving resident comfort in Meri-Rastila and Malminkartano, street art projects in Kontula and Myllypuro, and the Lähiöfest suburban festival. Overall, residents were offered low-threshold opportunities for participation.
The Helsinki City Board decided at its meeting of 13 November 2017 to allocate the funds that were previously earmarked for the Neighbourhhood Project to finance the implementation of the participation model.
In the Neighbourhood Project, the suburban areas of Helsinki were developed in diverse ways and as districts equal to the inner city to the best of local residents. The project engaged in broad-based and long-term work to prevent inequality and social exclusion in suburban areas. The project supported and coordinated the shared activities of various City units, and it worked in close cooperation with residents and other local actors.