The Conference of Mayors’ is sharing success stories daily on what Community Development Block Grants support in our nation’s cities.
Dayton’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Program received $2,845,103.86 in 2016 and has received $8,185,962.07 overall since 2014. The Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Program includes administrative assistance for housing rehabilitation and maintenance programs, emergency home repair programs, Housing Inspection and Code Enforcement, and the Nuisance Abatement Program. Organizations that receive funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Program include Rebuilding Together Dayton, People Working Cooperatively, County Corp., the DaVinci Project, the City’s Nuisance Abatement program, and the Division of Housing Inspection and Code Enforcement. In 2016, administrative funding allowed for the completion of home repairs on 123 low to moderate-income (LMI) households, demolish 238 blighted residential structures (249 units) and 4 blighted commercial structures, and the Code Enforcement Program addressed 16,207 code violation complaints at 8,119 addresses citywide. Community Planning $144,317.00 in 2016 $278,576.95 since 2014 This allocation funds staff costs associated with data gathering, neighborhood plan development and studies, and census data analysis for comprehensive planning. Infrastructure and Neighborhood Conservation Program $1,138.881.59 in 2016 $3,763,881.59 since 2014 Funding through the Infrastructure and Neighborhood Conservation Program provides residential asphalt and alley resurfacing as well as funding for the Department of Recreation and Youth Services’ Capital Improvements. In 2016, resurfacing improvements were made to over 100 city blocks in 19 neighborhoods, and progress was made toward completion of the improvement to Mallory Park Spray Park.
Indianapolis’s Dove Recovery House was established in 2000 with a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of women recovering from substance abuse, including women who are homeless, uninsured, and financially unable to pay for help, by awakening a commitment to change and building a foundation for their recovery journey. Dove House is a full-service treatment facility with housing and comprehensive, wrap-around programs such as intensive case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention counseling, employment placement, and financial management. In 2014, 79% of the organization’s clients were employed within 180 days of leaving Dove House, 98% of those with a criminal history did not return to incarceration, and 93% remained substance-free 180 days after leaving Dove House. The Dove House is located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, one of the city’s most distressed areas. The organization was run out of a 100-year-old, 4,000-square-foot house that could accommodate up to 23 women. With the program’s growing success, the organization maximized the number of women it could accommodate and the house became unsuitable long-term. Dove House partnered with TWG Development, a private developer working pro-bono, to manage the adaptive reuse of a former dentist office that was donated to the organization. The City of Indianapolis contributed the initial $530,000 through the CDBG, and leveraged over $850,000 in additional sources for the completion of the project. The Dove House’s new home can accommodate up to 38 women with quality housing and organizational programing.