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  1. Cross-Sector Partnership in Richmond, Virginia

  2. Richmond, Virginia • Capital of Virginia • Population: 200,000 • MSA population of 1,000,000

  3. Richmond Today • Richmond is enjoying a renaissance • Restored canal system originally built by George Washington • Largest convention center in VA is near completion • Positive economic indicators • Growing tourism business • Richmond is also a City of contrasts...

  4. Restored Urban Neighborhoods

  5. Well Maintained City Suburbs

  6. Thriving Urban Commercial Areas

  7. Blighted Neighborhoods Vacant & Abandoned Buildings Estimated 3,000 vacant/abandoned structures

  8. Neighborhoods in Bloom Goals • Restore physical livability of neighborhoods • Housing construction / rehabilitation • Building and environmental code compliance • Infrastructure improvements • Improved neighborhood stability • Community leadership • Homeownership rates • Public safety • Private investment

  9. Neighborhood Selection • Identified 49 neighborhood areas • Evaluated based on: • Condition • Demographics • Crime • Housing conditions • Potential for change • Community impact • Market before after

  10. Six Areas Selected • Highland Park Southern Tip • Southern Barton Heights • Carver/Newtowne • Jackson Ward • Church Hill • Blackwell

  11. Conditions in Target Areas • 26% owner occupied • 25% vacant lots • 21% vacant structures • 67% of properties with code violations • High crime rates • 11 drug hot spots • Appraised values $10K - 30K below cost • High rates of tax delinquency

  12. Strategies Housing rehab & repair Proactive code enforcement Partnership Development Neighbor- hood Empowerment Leverage private investment

  13. Partnership Development • Community • CDC’s • Local Government • Private Sector

  14. NIB Partners • Community: • Blackwell Community Civic Association • Blackwell Tenants Association • Carver Area Civic Improvement League • Newtowne West Civic Association • New Visions Civic League • Church Hill Concerned Citizens Association • Highland Park Southern Tip Neighborhood Association • Historic Jackson Ward Association • Southern Barton Heights Community Association • Private Sector: • Martin Advertising Agency • Banks • Insurance Companies • Retailers • Tax Attorneys • Private Developers

  15. NIB Partners • Community Development Corporations • Richmond Better Housing Coalition • Elderhomes Corp. • Highland Park Restoration and Preservation Program • HOME Inc. • Historic Jackson Ward Association • Richmond Habitat for Humanity • Interfaith Housing Corporation • Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc. • Southside Community Development & Housing Corp. • Virginia Supportive Housing City of Richmond • Community Development • Police • Human Services • Public Works • Housing Authority Others • Local Initiatives Support Corporation • Virginia Commonwealth University

  16. Aggressive Code Enforcement • Inspected all properties in target area • % with code violations declined significantly (67%) (24%) 1999 2002

  17. Leverage Private Investment • $1 Public generates $3 Private • Tax incentives • Favorable mortgage financing • In-Kind Contributions • Marketing • Design services • Legal assistance • Corporate grants

  18. Neighborhood Empowerment • Partnership Boards in Each Neighborhood • Identify Target Areas • Determine where $$$ go (CIP, Housing, etc) • Meet with partners monthly • Monitor Progress and Production • Leadership Academy • Sponsored by VCU, LISC, City • VCU Program offers college credit

  19. Focused Public Investment/Services • New construction and Rehabilitation (first 3 ½ years) • 163units completed • 27 units under construction • 50 additional properties in pre-development • Housing repair • 210 repairs completed • Infrastructure • $750,000 annually; projects determined by neighborhood boards

  20. Other Accomplishments • 15% reduction in crime in the last two years(compared to 5% in balance of the City) • 19% increase in real estate assessments • $150,000 annually in tax revenue to City after before

  21. Lessons Learned • Cross-sector partnership is key. • Be entrepreneurial and data driven • Get stakeholder consensus on basic program design. • Strong leadership is required: political, agency, and citizen. • Start with “manageable” initiative, then expand. • Geographic • Programmatic • Data is critical. • Market, Market, Market!