Neighborhood Enhancement Program
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is a 90-day collaborative effort between City departments, neighborhood residents and community organizations.
The NEP focuses on developing neighborhood assets. Integrated service delivery includes:
- Concentrating building code enforcement
- Identifying and "cooling down" crime hot spots
- Cleaning up streets, sidewalks, and vacant lots
- Beautifying landscapes, streetscapes and public right of way
- Engaging property owners and residents to create and sustain a more livable neighborhood
Through focused, integrated and concentrated City service delivery and community redevelopment efforts, partners seek to improve the quality of life in the various communities. The targeted areas are identified through an analysis of building code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls, drug arrests, as well as incidence of graffiti, junk autos, litter and weeds.
The NEP & You: Keys To Success
Neighborhoods with the most successful NEPs have something in common: They've taken key steps before the program begins, while it's taking place and after it has concluded.
If you'd like the NEP in your community, please consider these keys to success:
- Community Commitment
- Leadership & Accountability
- Goals & Performance Measures
- Communication & Community Engagement
Past NEP Participants & Testimonials
To date, the neighborhoods of Price Hill, Avondale, Northside, Clifton Heights/Unversity Heights/Fairview (CUF), Westwood, Evanston, College Hill, Madisonville, Mt. Washington, Corryville and Over-the-Rhine have been NEP participants.
- NEP Commitment Agreement - The agreement between your community and the City specifies what works must be done before the NEP can take place in your neighborhood
- NEP How-To Booklet - Detailed information on the program planning and implementation, with examples of communications materials
- Interactive House - Shows common exterior code violations to help property owners prepare for NEP inspections
- Community Building Tool Packets - Download tool kits for Asset Mapping, Event Logistics, Survey & Canvassing Tools and more
- Xavier University Community Building Institute - A diverse group of community-building professionals from Greater Cincinnati with extensive grassroots experience in a wide range of areas
- UC Center for Community Engagement - Connects the University of Cincinnati and the community through service
- Citizens for Civic Renewal - Transforming passive consumers into citizens who value responsibility, collaboration, and mutuality
- Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati - Provides high-quality affordable consulting
Media Recognition & Awards
Cincinnati's Neighborhood Enhancement Program has won numerous awards, including the "President's Award" from the Ohio Conference for Community Development.
It also receives extensive media coverage, bringing regional attention to the communities that participate.