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Title: Strategic University Partnerships

Strategic University PartnershipsUsing data to
drive community development initiatives and
measure impact
  • Tk Buchanan, M.A.
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Center for Community Building and Neighborhood
  • University of Memphis

Neighborhood-by-Neighbor A City-Wide Problem
Property Audit
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  • First ever city-wide property audit
  • 200,968 parcels, 297,121 housing units
  • Originally conceived as a partnership between
    HCD, Code Enforcement Citizen Volunteers
  • 169,000 University Match
  • 40 Samsung Q1 Ultralite Hand Held Computers
  • Project Director, Community Organizer, Database
    Manager/GIS Analyst, 2 graduate interns

Our Task
  • Survey the condition of every residential
    property in Memphis.
  • Uses what we know about collaboration and block
    sweeping as effective code enforcement (i.e.
    Baltimore, Chattanooga, Philadelphia, Long Beach,
    Plano, Richmond, Albany, NYs Block by Block
    program, Chicagos Troubled Buildings
    Initiative, etc.)
  • Introduces cutting edge technology and analysis
    to neighborhood leadership and volunteers.
  • Asking the question what would it take to
    restore this property back to its original
  • Audits Include
  • Problem Properties
  • Vacancy
  • Crimeogenic Factors
  • Foreclosure
  • Housing Choice Vouchers- HUD, THDA and city
    site-based and scattered sites.
  • Parks
  • City Service Needs
  • Streets (potholes)
  • Signs (missing or broken)

Database Management
  • CBANA will host survey until neighborhood
    indicators project outgrows server space
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  • Database duplicated on the citys Oracle server
  • clones for each division
  • Ultimately folded into Community and Neighborhood
    Indicators, to be hosted by University of Memphis
    and the Memphis Police Department
  • 3 domains housing and neighborhoods, crime and
    community, and children and families.

Community Deliverables ( Putnam)
  • Community Bonding
  • CBANA trains existing CBOs on technology.
  • Community Building
  • CBANA identifies areas without organization and
    attempts to cultivate leadership.
  • Community Bridging
  • CBANA returns to each neighborhood to present
    findings and customized strategies for compliance
  • CBANA provides continuum of technical support
  • best practice research, sample form letters, etc.
  • Maps and database for each neighborhood in
    electronic format, easy to paste into
    applications and other documents.

Data Users
  • Community Based Organizations
  • CDCs
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Churches, civic clubs
  • Other non-profits
  • City of Memphis
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Memphis Police Department
  • Memphis Light Gas Water (utilities)
  • Department of Planning Development
  • Shelby County
  • Commercial Code Enforcement New Construction
  • Office of Planning and Development
  • University Wonks
  • Department of City Regional Planning
  • School of Urban Affairs Public Policy

Data Uses
  • Establishment of an official Blight Level
  • Evaluation of Housing Subsidies (DPA, Sect. 8,
  • Foreclosure strategy
  • HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Plan
  • Code Enforcement Compliance
  • Grant writing

Specific Community Uses
  • General and specific code enforcement strategies
  • Identify demolition candidates
  • Clean-up campaigns
  • Civil litigation
  • Identify zoning violations and variations
  • Determine abandonment
  • Develop acquisition strategy

Thank you!
  • CBANA appreciates your interest and welcomes your
  • Tk Buchanan, M.A.
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Center for Community Building and Neighborhood
  • University of Memphis
  • 600 Jefferson Av, Suite 453
  • Memphis, TN 38105
  • (901) 678-1188 office
  • (901) 678-1483 fax