Since 1975, DeKalb County has used federal funding for various neighborhood projects such as constructing swimming pools, paving streets, home renovation and constructing senior housing, and community and recreation centers.
These are great uses of the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop viable urban communities, said Chris Morris, DeKalb’s human and community development director.
But the county needs to do something differently, she told community leaders April 19.
“Why aren’t these neighborhoods revitalized?” Morris asked. “Why don’t we have stronger neighborhoods everywhere in DeKalb County?
“When you drive through our neighborhoods, do you see strong, sustainable neighborhoods consistently all over DeKalb County?” Morris asked. “I am hoping everyone realizes we need to do something a little differently in order to have a greater impact with our neighborhoods.”
Morris introduced the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (DSNI), a pilot program that will