The Model Blocks Program of Fort Worth is aimed at “building strong neighborhoods, a safe community and a sound economy.”
It purpose is to revitalize Fort Worth neighborhoods through organizing and empowering residents to that they may effectively identify issues and work toward their solution.
This program is based on the following principles:
- Comprehensive Planning and Implementation -
Neighborhood residents and city staff work together to develop a neighborhood plan which includes a vision statement, goals, objectives and strategies to implement the plan.
- Public-Private Partnership -
Model block neighborhoods work with area businesses, government agencies, banks and non-profit organizations, such as universities, schools and churches to develop partnerships which aim toward building a future and solving problems.
- Leveraging of Resources -
Model Blocks compete for additional funds through various sources beyond the initial Model Blocks allocation. In addition, partnerships with various organizations have expanded services in these areas.
The Application Phase
Proposed Model Blocks must:
- Be located within the CDBG-eligible area as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Be an effective partner in the revitalization process
- Have an established neighborhood organization (applicants are required to submit by laws, agendas and minutes for six meetings, including a list of steering committee members, five of which must be residents of the designated area)
- Submit documentation of at least three neighborhood projects which have been completed within the last year
The Neighborhood Planning Phase
The three neighborhoods that receive the highest scores in the Application Phase will go on to compete in the Neighborhood Planning Phase.
Model Blocks are frequently seen in areas of high poverty. Economic revitalization can mean job placement services, job training, educational assistance, business development, and economic development projects, such as development of a retail center.
Infrastructure services may include new neighborhood parks, soccer fields, neighborhood identification signs, street lights, closing of alleys, expanding community centers, community gardens and the reconstruction of streets, curb, gutter, and sidewalks.