- The Summit Civic Foundations’ primary goal is to serve young families with children by providing them with affordable housing that enables them to benefit from Summit’s excellent schools, and many other services and organizations.
- The Foundation also has a goal of using its resources as efficiently as possible. Hence it hopes that tenants will buy homes and move outside the Foundation's property when they become able to do so. However the Foundation never asks any tenant to leave for this reason.
- The Foundation was conceived and built to provide housing for Summit Residents displaced from substandard housing determined by the City to be unsafe. Therefore the Foundation also has a goal of serving families who work in Summit or have other ties to the City but this is not a requirement for application or residency.
Many years of operation with these goals have led to the development of a diverse multigenerational neighborhood.