What is Block by Block?

Block by block is a strategic and comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization that addresses the concerns and needs of City of Dayton residents. This approach includes a physical assessment of distressed neighborhoods, identifying and documenting issues affecting the quality of life, and an aggressive comprehensive plan that is developed and implemented block by block. The block by block initiative utilizes city resources and expertise from all city departments targeting the areas designated as a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA).

Block by block is a holistic approach that encompasses citizen participation and input. It also better utilizes existing city resources such as general, state, and federal funding. The block by block initiative will increase neighborhood investment, encourage home ownership, create economic development and leverage institutional partnerships. In turn, this initiative will create a sense of community pride while changing the perception of Dayton and building residents’ morale.

This approach is modeled after Albany, NY and Pasadena, CA.

How do we fund this initiative?

This initiative is an ideal model for the use of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and general funding. This initiative is implemented by establishing a NRSA for our most distressed neighborhoods that are often contiguous to other more stable areas.

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) is encouraging Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) participating jurisdictions to designate specified areas or neighborhoods as a NRSA. A NRSA designation allows greater flexibility with the use of CDBG funding that would promote revitalization of special areas.

How will this plan be implemented?

Simply put, under the leadership of Shenise Turner-Sloss!