I have some exciting news to share with you all about “Project Hope” that will be coming to District 1. As you may recall, during the 2016-2017 budget process, I made a budget request for “Project Hope” a PILOT project in the Winchester/ Cadillac area that would be funded for an 18 month period (July 2016-December 2017). Fortunately, that was approved and now moving forward! Project HOPE will be housed in the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS), and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Unit (MGPTF). Placing Project HOPE in the MGPTF will allow Project HOPE to leverage resources, as the Winchester/ Cadillac area is currently designated as a “gang hotspot”. Project HOPE will use principles of community partnership, community development, neighborhood empowerment, and coordination of a broad range of City services to address neighborhood issues. Through Project Hope, in partnership with my Office and other City departments, we will be able to guide the planning and implementation of addressing community’s concerns.
Over the next 18 months, Project HOPE will work toward the following outcomes and products in the Winchester/ Cadillac area:
- A sustainable, organized group of community leaders.
- Informed residents that can access City services.
- Cleaner safer environment.
- Establish Neighborhood Groups (i.e. Community Action Team, Neighborhood Association, or a Neighborhood Volunteer Group)
- Effective, community meetings that improve the quality of life in the Winchester/ Cadillac area.
- Draft and Execute a Neighborhood improvement plan with community input and community involvement.
- Build strong relationships through partnerships with the neighborhood and surrounding communities.
If you would like to learn more about Project Hope, or want to voice your opinions or concerns, please contact David Gomez by email at: [email protected], or phone at: (408) 535-4901.