Neighborhood Improvement ProcessLike many mid-sized cities throughout the nation, Anaheim has been grappling with the twin problems of gangs and drugs among the city's youth. In response to these problems, Anaheim formed a Citizen Anti-Gang and Drug Task Force which developed a strategy for the city government to work with residents, property owners, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods affected by gang and drug problems and other social problems. This strategy articulated the Neighborhood Improvement Process, a comprehensive system to stabilize neighborhoods and free them of the gang/drug plague.
The Neighborhood Improvement Process involves residents, apartment owners, school personnel, businesses and churches which have a "stake" in a specific targeted neighborhood. In addition, an interdepartmental team of city staff members, including the Police, Community Development, Code Enforcement, and Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Departments is closely involved in organizing and overseeing the process. Once a neighborhood's stakeholders have been identified and organized, a series of neighborhood meetings are held to develop a needs assessment and action plan through identifying key neighborhood issues, solutions and responsibilities. After the needs assessment and action plan is developed, a neighborhood advisory committee, composed of residents, apartment owners, city staff, and school representatives, is created to oversee implementation of the action plan, report back to their respective groups, and identify new neighborhood issues that may surface.
The Neighborhood Improvement Process occurs in five phases:
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