Working in Neighborhoods
Director: Dwain Midget
Mission Statement: To promote community education, develop and sustain private-public partnerships that enhance public safety, neighborhood revitalization and the quality of life of all residents within our city.
In October 2006, the Working in Neighborhoods (WIN) department was created to focus on: Housing, Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Investigations (Code Enforcement) and Animal Welfare. Primary functions of the department include:
- Providing housing programs that maintain the City's affordable housing stock by: Assisting homeowners with emergency housing repairs and rehabilitation; preventing early institutionalization of the elderly; creating incentives for development of affordable housing in partnership with other neighborhood revitalization initiatives; and revitalizing neighborhoods by addressing substandard housing.
- Increasing opportunities for neighborhood reinvestment by: Developing a database and mapping system to identify and prioritize neighborhood needs; serving as the contact between residents and the City in coordinating the delivery of public/private resources and services to benefit neighborhoods; and establishing neighborhood associations and/or block groups to stabilize and improve neighborhood environments.
- Promoting voluntary compliance and enforcement of City nuisance codes by: Assisting residents wanting to voluntarily correct code violations; providing a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct nuisance violations and land-use requirements; providing opportunities to residents and neighborhood groups wanting to participate in neighborhood clean-up initiatives.
- Providing for the efficient and effective operation of the animal shelter and animal services in the field by: Providing a safe, healthy environment for companion animals in the community; supporting and educating neighborhood residents on animal control codes, rules and recommendations; and providing increased opportunities for adoption of animals.
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