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Described below are programs that are working in cities and towns across the United States on poverty, employment, community confict, drugs and other issues. Contact names are provided if your city wants further information on a particular program.

City: Pittsburgh, PA

Program title: Neighborhood Employment Projects

Program description:

Neighborhood Employment Projects are community-based job resource centers whereby the city government delegates neighborrhood economic development decision making to its citizens. They are government-funded, but community-controlled, job generating entities. Program goals are to match area residents with job openings in neighborhood businesses and to encourage local business growth through connections with trained workers, government resources, and community development activities.


Dave Farley, Manager, Pittsburgh Partnership 404 City-County Building Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 (412) 255-2696

City: Philadelphia, PA

Program title: Strategic Leadership in the Philadelphia Police Department: Public Partnerships for Municipal Improvement

Program description:

The Philadelphia Police Department worked with the local residents to create a public-police partnership for the purpose of establishing a city-wide strategic vision for public safety services in Philadelphia, and to implement a strategic leadership initiative within the Philadelphia, Police Department. The project involved the creation of three functioning groups, each of which addressed aspects of strategic analysis in the Police Department and each of which necessarily increased police and public interaction in shaping this strategic initiative.

A strategic plan was adopted and disseminated to the citizens of Philadelphia. The plan contains 5 goals, 30 objectives and 89 strategies.


William Bergman, Executive Officer to Police Commissioner Room 309-B, Police Headquarters, Franklin Square Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 (215) 592-5723

City: Clifton, NJ

Program title: Crime Prevention Through Social and Environmental Design.

Program description:

Clifton, NJ has established a program involving citizens to reduce crime by addressing the basic needs of potential criminals. A Crime Prevention Master Plan was designed by various public, private and community organizations. Program included in the plan include, providing after school care, creating new jobs, and providing low interest home rehabilitation loan and grant programs.

By using neighborhood resources, private participation, and HUD funds, the City has realized a substantial savings in city funds and still produces a model program.


William R. Walters, Community Development Director City Hall 900 Clifton Avenue Clifton, NJ 07013

City: Macon, GA

Program title: Macon-Bibb War on Drugs

Program description:

A comprehensive strategy for substantially reducing the use of drugs in the community was developed in Macon, GA through the efforts of the entire community. A Leadership Council was formed by the police chief, ministers, the school superintendent, the public health director, local and federal prosecutors and concerned citizens.

The media volunteered to help in the Leadership Council to publicize their program.

The City greatly reduced the incidents of drug use and drug trafficking and received federal and state grants as a result of their initial efforts. The program has received national recognition from President Bush.


Lawrence Mink, Executive Assistant to the Mayor P. O. Box 247 Macon, GA 31298 915-751-7170

City: Rock Hill, SC

Program title: Rock Hill Joint Venture for Affordable Housing Corporation

Program description:

The Rock Hill Joint Venture for Affordable Housing Corporation is the heart of a program established to provide low and moderate income residents of Rock Hill an opportunity to purchase their own home. Citizens were encouraged to participate in the Affordable Housing Program by either the Crawford Road Focal Point planning process, or by serving on the Board of Directors of the Corporation. The Focal Point planning process was a joint effort of city officials and Crawford area residents to establish guidelines for the development of the area. Members of the corporation board of directors include local builders, local banks, and low and moderate income residents of the development areas.


The Honorable Elizabeth D. Rhea, Mayor City of Rock Hill 155 Johnston Street Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731 (803) 329-7011

City: Bellevue, WA

Program title: Bellevue Youth Link

Program description:

The Bellevue Youth Link program was designed to bring together youth and the individuals and organizations that serve them to develop a set of actions that would represent community consensus on some of the ways to help Bellevue's youth face the 1990's. More than 75 volunteers were recruited during the planning phase representing a cross section of the community, including business leaders, parents, community activists, youth and youth organization leaders. At a public forum, more than 200 young people provided input on how to best meet the needs of youth. Following this session, more than 200 other persons and organizations stepped forward and participated in the implementation of the planned Youth Link projects. A public forum was held to discuss and refine the action plan.


Penny Murphy Youth Link Coordinator 11511 Main Street Bellevue, Washington 98005 (2006)455-6880

City: Richmond, VA

Program title: The Richmond Neighborhood Team Process

Program description:

The Richmond Neighborhood Team Process (RNTP) is a mechanism for providing citizen empowerment with guidelines. The program goals are: to strengthen and enhance all of Richmond's neighborhoods by building stronger working partnerships among neighborhoods, city government, businesses and nonprofit organizations; and to develop a coordinated action planning and public service delivery process that responds to citizen needs, influences resource decisions and develops action strategies at the neighborhood level. Over 125 diverse neighborhoods elected representatives and alternates to participate on nine district teams.


Lyn J. Boyer Deputy Director/Department of Community Development 900 E. Broad Street, Room 500 Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 780-6417

City: Arlington, VA

Program title: Arlington Coalition for Teens in Our Neighborhood

Program description:

The Arlington Coalition for Teens in our Neighborhood (ACTION) is a group in Arlington, Virginia that focuses on the needs of teenagers. Its members are service providers, interested community residents and youth. ACTION grew out of a 1987 United Way Spring Forum entitled "Leisure Needs of Young Adolescents in Arlington." The goals of ACTION are to provide a clearinghouse of information regarding services for adolescents; to provide a network of support for service providers, parents and adolescents; to serve as an advocate group for new or expanded services; to take an action oriented team approach to make things happen and get things done for teens; and to involve young people and parents in the organization of ACTION.


Carole Robinson ACTION Chair 2420 North Nelson Street Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 525-4583

City: Lincoln, NE

Program title: Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

Program description:

The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council provides an opportunity for junior and senior high youth to plant their own drug-and alcohol- free social and recreational activities. The youth plan drug prevention activities and discuss other issues of concern. The 100-member Council has representatives from each of the 14 junior and senior high schools.

The youth have planned a variety of programs, including an alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration and night splashes at the city's nine public swimming pools. A total of 4,000 youth have participated in the pool parties. Also planned have been street dances and a version of American Bandstand which is taped and televised on cable access television.


Allison Oestmann-Bauers Executive Assistant 555 South 10th Street Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 (402) 471-7511
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Title Annotation:Special Report: Improving Our Communities
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jun 22, 1992
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