Objective: Increase rate of home ownership and retention in Newport

Tasks Performance Measures
Community coffee walks. Number of attendees.
Create marketing campaign to promote Newport and collaborate with Realtors. Materials developed to raise awareness of Newport’s housing and shared survey of Realtors on impact of perception of Newport.
Newport Home and Garden tour focusing on the basin and hill areas of Newport. Tour is held and attended.
Create and distribute welcome packets for new residents (rental and ownership). Materials developed and distributed.
Create and expand local and national historic status for homes in west Newport. Historic status is granted in west Newport.
Advocate for housing renovation enterprise area designations along the Central Avenue corridor. Designation achieved.
Create regular reports with current data for Newport including demographics, current housing market, land supply, and policy environments. Report released to public.
Identify gaps in housing market. Develop some recommendations/observations from data. Develop a list and description of current funding and financing options. Recommendations developed and released such as what planning processes are in place or should be.
Determine proper balance of house production vs. preservation determined.
Promote home ownership education, incentive assistance, and retention programs. Increased attendance at programs.
Promote home maintenance/assistance and facade programs. Number of classes and number of attendees.
Utilize vocational students, volunteers, and service learning students for help with basic upkeep projects for home owners who request help. Number of strong relationships developed between education provider and neighborhood group.
Identify and acquire funding dollars for residential beautification as micro-grants. Funding distributed.
Create access to quality market rate housing through non-profits and the private market, focused on the Newport basin and hill areas. 25% increase in housing sold at market rate.

Objective: Increase rate of home ownership and retention in Newport

Tasks Performance Measures
Update vacant housing map. Seek legal opinion on creation, use distribution of housing map. Map Update with revolving schedule.
Established blight prevention/code enforcement support Tasks force. Blight prevention/code enforcement support Tasks force created.
Disseminate information on reporting blight. Resident survey shows increase in knowledge year over year.
Arrange quarterly trash clean up across Newport. Events held.
Formally recognize homes and businesses that keep their perimeters clean and beautiful. Minimum three properties nominated annually.
Recruit CET, vocational students, interns, and service learning students to assist neighborhood beautification and clean up. Number of agencies and students engaged for projects.
Produce regular reports on number and types of blighted properties. Report produced.
Produce and distribute tenant’s responsibilities and rights guidelines. Materials produced and distributed.
Convene tenant/landlord community discussions. Number of sessions held and number of attendees.
Hold zoning education presentations. Number of sessions held and number of attendees.
Increase number of code enforcement officers and agents. Increase staff to 3-5 full time equivalent.
Produce a “Can I build this?” easy reference guide based on existing zoning. Materials produced and distributed.
Make recommendations to zoning board for future use/designations. Recommendations delivered.

Objective: Invest in blighted properties and reuse historic buildings for housing

Tasks Performance Measures
Send Veterans advocates to participate in K-Count (Homelessness) and offer services. Decrease number of Veterans identified in annual homeless count.
Reopen family homeless shelter program. Program reopened.
Support a regional task force on homelessness to seek regional solutions. State of Homelessness report released to the public.
Increase access to services. Client pre and post survey indicating increased access and awareness to support services.
Explore and make recommendation on transitional housing solutions e.g. tiny houses. Recommendations delivered.
Advocate for public incentives to restore multi-unit dwellings to single and dual family usage. Number of dwellings incentivized to be restored.
Affordable housing rehabilitation encouraged.
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