Renaissance's most important strategic partners are local nonprofits, in particular Mercy Housing & Human Development, Visions of Hope, Hancock Housing Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity Gulf Coast, and Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland who provide services related to Renaissance's mortgage lending programs.
Commercial Program Partners
In-house and partner resources work together to assist clients in developing business plans that include income and expense projections, marketing and strategic plans, and management experience, ensuring the prospective or current business owner has realistically contemplated the financial viability of the business by the time they apply for a loan. Renaissance also partners with agencies such as Small Business Administration and Mississippi Development Authority to provide innovative loan products.
Renaissance understands the importance of developing strategic community partnerships to provide its clients with the most holistic set of services possible. Accordingly, the organization works collaboratively with leading public agencies and private entities to address development challenges, to help make distinct improvements to the blighted and distressed communities in Mississippi, and to promote community and economic development.
Community Advisory Board
Renaissance's Community Advisory Board assists in maintaining the connection to the low-to-moderate income residents of Mississippi. The CAB is comprised of over 50 key stakeholders who serve the community through living, working or servicing our market at the municipal level, at nonprofits, or public and private anchor organizations within the community. Through their connection to the community and their grass roots efforts they are able to provide continuous insight about the needs of community members and ensure that Renaissance is meeting its mission in Mississippi
A sets of standards for developers that allows them are used for Renaissance sponsored projects, to encourage good sustainable design and to improve the quality of development in the region.
Gulf Regional Planning Commission
Gulf Regional Planning Commission became interested in applying for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities grant because their commitment to developing & maintaining an inter-modal transportation system specific to the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Renaissance along with Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD), Mississippi Center for Justice, Mississippi State University, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, StepsCoalition, The Kirwan Institute, The National Center of Appropriate Technology, The Ohio State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Out of this came "Plan for Opportunity" based on development of a 20 year regional plan focusing on six regional principles. These principles are referred to as the Livability Principles and are as follows:
- Provide more transportation choices
- Promote equitable, affordable housing
- Enhance economic competitiveness
- Support existing communities
- Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment
- Value communities and neighborhoods