Neighborhood

The Neighborhood Improvement Program encourages people to take pride in their community and keep the neighborhood cleaner and safer through volunteers and funding initiatives.

Neighborhood Improvement Program

  • Sets up organized neighborhood cleaning, clearing and abatement programs.
  • Demonstrates to people how they can be good or better neighbors.
  • Educates residents on what they can do specifically for safer neighborhoods.
  • Supports community-policing efforts on a proactive basis.

The program is largely used for beautification improvements on public property such as: rights-of-way along public roadways and streets, medians, public buildings and parks in the local community. The overall goal of this neighborhood plan is to improve the quality of the neighborhood in all facets.

The impact and outcomes: JWDC will tap into a wide array of resources to improve neighborhood aesthetics from developing community gardens to acquiring neighborhood artworks. The community will be surveyed beforehand and once the Action Plan begins, there will be a sense of pride and accomplishment as the surroundings are improved and people are working together.

The Directors of JWDC will consult with the Public Counsel of Representatives, a select body that will make improvement suggestions and recommendations that they believe will enhance their neighborhood.

The initial budget for the Neighborhood Improvement Program relies primarily on voluntary participation for the opening phase of research, development, and operations. The JWDC managing staff and a Public Counsel of Representatives (PCRs) will review the community programs and all related reports that have been entered into activity logs, incident reports, and evaluation reports. The PCR comes from neighborhood leaders who represent their fellow residents in the areas concerned.

The staff and PCR’s assessment may be that a slated improvement project needs further development before proceeding to the work phase. Primarily, however, what they will do is prioritize which programs are put into motion first within the budget parameters for the slated neighborhood improvements.

The staff may alternatively suggest changes to an improvement program. If a planned improvement project is deemed not needed, or desired, they may call for a termination of that plan.

To assess the effectiveness of the overall improvement program, data will be collected from the project committee, including PCR’s during and after its implementation. The data will include important information that will help managing staff to evaluate the overall management of the program. The same information will be used to revise and improve procedures related to the program implementation.

The evaluation process will include a description of the various aspects of the program, documentation of the activities that the program has supported, and feedback from all participants and a satisfaction survey will be made of the residents near completed improvement zones. It is important to JWDC that the residents are happy with results.

The thorough and comprehensive management staff and PCR evaluation will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a specific program. Likewise, this will help us discover areas not addressed in the original planning, and will provide guidance necessary to improve the program and to duplicate our successful programs. Our close-knit involvement with community organizations and city leaders will provide us with sufficient resources to start the program and maintain a helpful improvement service for the neighborhood residents.

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