XNR: Extreme Neighborhood Revitalization

by the City of Sequim, WA for the TLG 2019 Innovation Showcase program

Dec 19, 2018

Theme: Robust External Partnerships

Sequim works with Habitat for Humanity and other partners to revitalize neighborhoods in unique ways; this is possible through robust partnerships that expand public value and cross traditional government boundaries to achieve outcomes. 

Habitat's emerging Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) emphasis, where Habitat chapters focus on service projects for people, is a key part of the Sequim NR Program which features service projects for residents, quarterly neighborhood clean-ups, and neighborhood engagement. Outcomes include further engaging the community, improving services, completing projects, enhancing connections, promoting volunteerism, increasing trust, community beautifying, solving community problems, leveraging both internal and external resources for enhanced community outcomes, and better informing policymaking.

This initiative began with a Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club grant to Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County to support NR projects. The City of Sequim realized they had common objectives with Habitat, as both sought to revitalize the Downtown Neighborhood. The partnership began with a 2015 Downtown Neighborhood survey, followed by the development of a NR Coalition which led  to implementing  strategies such as  quarterly Rally in the Alley neighborhood clean-up events that have removed over 50 tons of trash, homeowner and community projects, defining neighborhoods, neighborhood meetings, improving service delivery,  illuminating new project opportunities, and eventually to Sequim Service Fest:  a two-week community makeover completed in June 2018 featuring the  debut utilization of Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners to complete private and public NR projects. 

The accomplishments and process of Service Fest included: • Two years of planning; • 9 days of projects; • 24 community partners; • 30 City staff; • 6 Habitat staff; • 20 RV Care-A-Vanners; • 14 service projects; • Three intensive home projects;  • One demolished blighted house;  • 1,004 volunteer hours; • 150 gallons of paint applied; • 12 filled 20-yard dumpsters; • An 18-foot trailer for recycling scrap metal; • 200 feet of fencing constructed;  • 75 used tires recycled; and • Two community concerts. 

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