Case: Houston Endowment

Description: Euquant was commissioned by the Houston Endowment in support of the Urban Entrepreneurship Partnership (UEP) to conduct an environmental scan of various neighborhoods in Houston, Texas.   The  Neighborhood Environmental Scan was used to identify the factors that influenced the direction and goals of the Houston Endowment in fulfilling its mission in the three neighborhoods, Gulfton, East End and Galena. Gulfton is made up of four smaller communities, which included Chimney Rock Road/Elm St., Renwick Drive/Gulfton St., West Park Drive/Alder Drive, Bissonnette Street/Rampart Street.  East End is made up of two smaller communities, Magnolia Park and Second Ward. Galena is not segmented into smaller communities.

The environmental scan examined the external market environment, and it recommended programs and activities that were aligned with the strategic goals of the Endowment. The program selection was based on a detailed macro and micro assessment of neighborhood attributes, a gap analysis of unmet needs, and a summary of stakeholder’s opinions. Stakeholder input was gathered through focus group interviews and survey responses of business leaders, neighborhood residents and administrators of not-for-profit organizations. The Environmental Assessments consisted of four discrete components:

  • Current Neighborhood Market Situation and Trends
  • A Micro Level Assessment of Neighborhood Attributes and Deficits
  • Neighborhood Gap Analysis and Identification of Unmet Needs
  • Programmatic Recommendations

Based on the environmental scan and neighborhood needs assessment, the following programs were identified as those most likely to have the greatest impact on neighborhood economic development:

  • Distance Learning
  • Financial Literacy
  • Vocational Training
  • UEP Coaching and Training
  • Transit Accessibility

 Each neighborhood had multiple deficits and could have benefited from all the programs. However, the deficit in some areas was greater than it is in other areas. As a result, the programmatic recommendations targeted the areas of greatest need within each neighborhood.