This specialized program began in 1994 focusing on a "grass roots" approach to assisting neighborhood leaders to find solutions to issues in their neighborhood. Neighborhood leaders work with the Neighborhood Relations staff to develop Revitalization Plans focusing on safety, housing, transportation, infrastructure improvements, social, educational and recreational activities. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are utilized to assist five designated neighborhoods to achieve their revitalization goals focusing on capital and infrastructure improvements, public service programs and activities, and code enforcement.
The five neighborhoods are:
*The Harlem Heights Improvement Association, Inc. made tremendous strides in improving the quality of life for residents and in September 2009, Harlem Heights was the first neighborhood to graduate from the program.