The "Change in Haifa" Foundation was established by Haifa residents, including business people, educators and academic, social activists and social workers and students from all walks of life and ages.
Foundation members are witnesses to the decline in Haifa’s status and condition over the last decades. This is expressed by negative population growth, an economic standstill and a drop in standards of living and the services provided to the city’s residents in all areas: education, the environment, infrastructures and welfare.
To promote and advance the City of Haifa.
To prevent residents leaving the city and to create new employment opportunities – to keep the younger generation and young families in Haifa.
To create an environment that meets international standards for a clean city.
To bring back previous residents – to encourage Haifa residents who moved away to return and to transform negative population growth into positive population growth.
To create a culture of recreational and cultural activities.
The "Change in Haifa" Foundation has recruited some of the leading experts in Israel and the world to prepare both a short term and a long term socio-economic plan for the city’s development and to transform it into Israel’s "Northern Metropolis". The aim is to rejuvenate Haifa, transform it into a young and vibrant city and return it to the days when it was one of Israel’s leading, attractive and central cities.
Only a plan of this scope can provide Haifa with employment solutions, can upgrade and rejuvenate the education system from schools and kindergartens to universities. Proper planning of new housing will integrate Downtown Haifa (the port area) with Uptown Haifa (on the slopes of Mount Carmel), community services will be developed and upgraded, the welfare of the city’s residents will be strengthened and increased with a special emphasis being placed on recreational and cultural activities. All of these actions are designed to halt the decade’s long decline in the city’s population and, by encouraging young people and families to move to the city, create a growing and vital population.
The program will be launched by Foundation members, economic consultant, Mr. David Boaz and international urban architect, Moshe Safadie, during May of 2018.