Neighborhood Services

Author:

Marisela Valle-Erlenbach,Sr. Neighborhood Services SpecialistNeighborhood Services

Summary:

Neighborhood Services creates and implements plans, policies and programs that preserve and improve the physical, social and economic life in our fine city.

Last Updated:

10/15/2014

"Revitalizing Our Community For A Brighter Tomorrow"

Neighborhood Services develops solutions for neighborhood and community issues in the City of Yuma. Neighborhood Services creates and implements plans, policies and programs that preserve and improve the physical, social and economic life in our fine city. We bring together a diverse array of residents, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government officials to establish a common goal and invest in the resources needed to reach that goal. This web site is designed to make it easy for you to discover all the programs we have to offer you, your family, and your neighborhood.

The revitalization plan has created a healthy, safe and decent living environment in the Carver Park neighborhood including construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Neighborhood Center. As of July 1, 2013, the Yuma Private Industry Council (YPIC) is managing the facility. The Center will continue to house organizations that provide services and educational opportunities. The multipurpose room will still be rented out for public and private events. If you are interested in renting the multipurpose room, please call YPIC at (928) 783-9347.

Another important part of preserving and improving our fine city is Code Enforcement. This division helps to create a sense of pride in the community and improve the appearance of low and moderate income neighborhoods through removal of debris, junk, and abandoned vehicles.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

Per requirements by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Yuma must prepare a new Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) every 3 to 5 years. The AI is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. Impediments to fair housing choice are defined as any actions, omissions, or decisions that restrict, or have the effect of restricting, the availability of housing choices for people based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national orgin.

The AI will serve as the substantive, logical basis for fair housing planning, provides essential information to policy makers, administrative staff, housing providers, lenders, and fair housing advocates, and assists in building public support for fair housing efforts.

Consolidated Plan

Per requirements by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Yuma must prepare a new Consolidated Plan every 3 to 5 years. The purposes of the plan are to identify the City’s housing and community development (including neighborhood & economic development) needs, priorities, strategies, objectives, five-year outcomes and to stipulate how funds will be allocated to these activities over the next five years.


Community Development Block Grant

Each year the City of Yuma receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City holds an annual application process and funds can be provided for housing activities, public services, public facility improvements, economic development, infrastructure and other community development activities that improve living conditions for low and moderate income people. Projects and activities funded must be eligible under the CDBG Program and address priorities outlined in the Consolidated Plan.

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

At the end of each fiscal year, the City of Yuma prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) to show Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the citizens of Yuma the accomplishments achieved with the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other leveraged funds during the year. The CAPER compares the accomplishments with the goals and objectives that were outlined in the city's Annual CDBG Action Plan.


Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community and have fun doing so. The Academy participants are encouraged to become knowledgeable residents about how City Government works and its role in community affairs. Graduates acknowledge that they leave far better informed and willing to participate in community boards and commissions as well as organizing neighborhood associations. The Academy has developed a partnership with the U of A and Yuma County Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) to give participants training on Communication Skills, Effective Meetings, Conflict Resolution, and How to Speak to the Public.

For questions concerning the program please email Tad Zavodsky or call him at (928) 373-5000 ext. 3050.

For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Neighborhood Services.

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