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REQUEST FOR OFFER | STRONGER NEIGHBORHOODS

Stronger Neighborhoods are those in which people have an affordable, quality home and a feeling connectedness to others. These neighborhoods emerge in a built environment that creates a sense of space and facilitates health and wellbeing.

Community

Stronger Neighborhoods are about people coming together and building community. The City should invest in fostering interaction between residents, nurturing the ties that bring us together and celebrating community. A stronger neighborhood supports inclusion and is welcoming for new residents, including immigrants and those re-entering our communities after encounters with the criminal justice system. The City’s role is to empower neighbors to lead and to break down the barriers that stand in their way. This means making it easier for residents to interact with each other as well as with their government, businesses, and faith-based centers. This means strengthening and diversifying community leadership. Faith-based leadership can be activated to support place-based connection and as spaces for people to meet. The City should work to empower neighborhood leaders to advocate for their community and work to solve difficult problems.

High Quality Affordable Housing

The City promotes safe and affordable places to live by maximizing the preservation and production of affordable housing. Sensible code enforcement strengthens the fabric of our built environments and supports public health. The City promotes a robust market to accelerate production of high quality housing. Fair housing and tenants rights are supported to reduce the traumatic disruption of eviction. Reducing blight in a data-driven way and empowering neighbors to take care of neighborhoods by providing the tools, resources, and facilitation for community action.

Health and Wellbeing

Stronger neighborhoods support all manner of health and wellbeing, from the physical to the financial. Open spaces are vibrant, activated, and accessible designed for resiliency and public health. Programs may encourage localized beautification programs by planting trees and tending gardens other assisting in maintaining homes of the elderly and disabled. Research shows that neighborhood connectivity can have a large effect on the health of the residents living in the neighborhood. Whether it’s providing easy access to fresh healthy food at a grocery store, or connecting a neighborhood to walking or cycling options – the City should connect neighborhoods to financial and retail services, economic opportunity, and green spaces.

Sense of Place and Belonging

Strong neighborhoods have a deep sense of place, a tangible sense of civic pride that celebrates what is unique about each neighborhood. Wayfinding is built into the environment and neighborhood character and history are respected. Creative placemaking and public art highlight the best of neighborhood character. Commercial development strengthens and supports residential living.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Increase housing affordability
  • Build community connections through events and associations
  • More connected neighborhoods through increase in transit ridership
  • Increase choice through mobility infrastructure
  • Reduce the number of blighted properties in the City
  • Increase neighborhood credit scores
  • Decrease the time it takes to house those experiencing homelessness
  • Reduce utility burdens, especially on low-income residents
  • Increase tree cover and improve climate change resiliency
  • Improve household financial security

Overall budget proposals are encouraged to include:

  • Multi-agency and/or multi-department collaboration
  • Mechanisms for citizen involvement & feedback
  • Sustainable practices
  • Research/Evidence based best practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Addresses multiple priority areas

Budget Strategies:

  • Preserve and produce income-restricted housing
  • Increase access to multiple forms of transportations by investing in sidewalks and bike paths
  • Promote tenant rights and fair housing to reduce formal and informal evictions
  • Ensure access to vibrant, activated open spaces and provide upkeep for public space
  • Connect neighborhoods to Chattanooga’s unique outdoor and cultural assets
  • Recover blighted property for neighborhood use with community engagement and alternatives to enforcement
  • Engage in diversity neighborhood leadership through meaningful civic engagement
  • Support community voice and strengthen advocacy and problem-solving
  • Strengthen commercial corridors, improve facades, and foster local talent through art in the neighborhoods
  • Boost efficiency of and satisfaction with trash and brush pickup, while diverting more waste from the landfill
  • Wayfinding, street furniture, and high quality urban design in all of our neighborhoods
  • Use gamification to engender neighborhood pride and build links with local institutions including faith based
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