The Cooperative Community of New West Jackson (CO-OP NWJ) is a grassroots, resident-led development model that seeks to revitalize community through an inventive “inside out” strategy.
Our mission is to find sustainable solutions to the economic and social challenges we face by matching residents’ underemployed skillsets and abandoned property resources with a creative placemaking effort that centers on local food production, folk art, and the construction trades.
We plan to change not only the look and feel of our blighted neighborhood marred by poverty, crime and unemployment, but to restore self-reliance, purpose and vision within the people who have weathered the worst of times here, and who face the prospects of being priced out through gentrification in the near future.
Ultimately, our vision is to generate stability, wealth and wellness, creating the type of community--clean, healthy, safe, and prosperous-- all of us wish we could afford to live in.
Through hard work, commitment, perseverance; by utilizing our skills and material resources nobody wants, along with the generous support of volunteers, donors and organizations alike, we are becoming the agents of change in our neighborhood-changing the tired tale of displacement that typically results from conventional development.