Neighborhood Revitalization and Advocacy
Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS) works with homeowners to maintain the appearance and safety of their neighborhoods in the wake of foreclosures and property vacancies. With the cooperation of local utility companies, home improvement stores, block clubs and neighborhood councils, we focus on partnership building, organizing and training resident leaders. We assist homeowners define and address needs in their own neighborhood so local residents actively improve the quality of life for their families and neighbors.
As a continuing effort to revitalize communities throughout Los Angeles County, NHS hosts every month a Neighborhood Pride Day. NHS and hundreds of volunteers paint and make minor home repairs for families and seniors in target neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. This is a collaborative effort between residents, block clubs, corporate sponsors, non-profit partners, volunteers and others and is instrumental in making the event successful. Neighborhood Pride Day is one of the ways NHS is on hand to transform its neighborhoods one block at a time.
One of the ways homeowners can help to stabilize neighborhoods, is working with residents to remain involved in their community. The Building Leadership by Organizing Communities (BLOC) Program enables NHS to connect residents with business, government and social services, and most importantly, empower them and their families with the tools to strengthen their neighborhoods.
BLOC focuses on working with new and existing block clubs in targeted neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. The purpose of the BLOC program is to provide opportunities for residents to influence change in their neighborhoods. Residents are taught to embrace the value of a more stable and revitalized neighbhorhood and participate in strategies which will help to transform whole blocks into walkable streets. The hope is to work with residents to develop communities accessible to transportation, community facilities, and other public services in order to create a neighborhood of choice for hopeful new buyers. NHS strives to facilitate as many opportunities for residents to establish relationships with each other and with local businesses, government officials and other non-profit organizations. Through participation in BLOC, residents will:
- Define and address issues they care about in their community;
- Collaborate with NHS and other community organizations to improve their neighborhoods; and
- Build relationships with fellow neighbors, community, nonprofit and business leaders, and elected officials.