The City of Newburgh has been selected to receive $776,149 to further support the execution of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (RISE) innovation strategy. The grant will help staff implement a strategic plan for equitable and effective code enforcement to address the housing needs of the most vulnerable residents living in the worst conditions.
The funding is made possible through the New York State Office of the Attorney General and is supported by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Tolemi, a social enterprise that created the BuildingBlocks platform, and is administered by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
The grant will allow the City to support the work of its not-for-profit partners developing up to 100 units of emergency and supportive housing, including on-going expansion of the Newburgh Ministry. Micro grants for small developers and private landlords will help cover the pre-development costs of micro-unit construction to address the need for lower cost units suitable for one and two persons.
In addition, this award will allow for new municipal asset management software to be used across departments for greater information sharing and by the Department of Code Compliance to perform more effective data-driven operations. The grant funding will also support the creation of Standard Operating Procedure for the Department of Code Compliance embedded with equity and efficiency.
The City will use funding to conduct another 12 Quality of Life Sweeps in neighborhoods throughout the City. These concentrated code enforcement efforts are an “all hands on deck” approach to solve a range of quality of life issues from trash and weed overgrowth and potholes to illegal occupancy and violent crime.