1406 Pittsburgh North Braddock-55, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Devon Christopher Adams’ photostream

Last year’s first-ever Blight Bootcamp saw over 120 residents and organizations come together from across the City and County to learn ways that they can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Blighted properties cost everyone. The surrounding homes lose their property value, the city loses its tax revenues, and these properties eat up city services through needed code enforcement and maintenance, such as boarding up buildings or demolishing them.

From Neighborhood Allies News blog:

“Blight Bootcamp is a great way to engage and educate residents on how they can get involved in reducing blight and making a positive change in their community. Hazelwood is proud to be the host neighborhood for this year’s conference” says Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of the Hazelwood Initiative.

This year, the Blight Working Group’s will kick off Blight Bootcamp Conference 2016 on Friday, October 7th at 3:00 with a community-led service event followed by a pre-conference cookout and celebration. The main conference will be held on Saturday, October 8th at the Propel Hazelwood. Attendees at this event will learn about resources and best practices to increase the impact of community-led blight elimination efforts. The conference registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conference will start at 9:00 a.m. It costs $15 to attend, however scholarships are available upon request.

Session topics will include:

  • Greenspace Projects from Start to Finish. From the identification of potential project sites and resources, to the lessons learned from residents who have already implemented projects, to next steps for taking action and new tools for sustaining their projects.
  • Who You Gonna Call? Identifying what is and isn’t an emergency. Situational examples will be given and appropriate contacts within the City for various issues will be provided.
  • The Power of Participation. Acknowledging the importance of showing up and fully preparing oneself to participate in community conversations in a positive manner.

You can find out more about Blight Bootcamp Conference 2016 at Neighborhood Allies and at the registration page.