Initially, the DNDC engaged residents, neighborhood associations, and other community stakeholders in 3 Danville neighborhoods (namely, White Rock, Westmoreland, and the DCC-Cardinal Village community) in assessing the condition of properties, community planning, and completing placemaking projects. With the help of partners, including the City of Danville, the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, and the Danville Regional Foundation, the DNDC launched the Danville Home Repair Blitz program in 2018 and the Danville Neighborhood Leadership Conference in 2019.
In 2022, the DNDC will launch a pilot initiative called Mission 180: Repair – Rebuild – Revitalize that focuses on improving housing conditions and property values on targeted street blocks via a combination of home/capital improvements and resident leadership-capacity building. Our goal is to make a positive, measurable impact on market conditions to the extent that substantial rehab and new infill housing will become more economically feasible.
More details will come, however, Mission 180 has 3 revitalization strategies:
Assist homeowners and rental property owners in correcting deferred maintenance, making capital improvements, and improving the curb appeal of their homes. In addition to identifying resources to cover costs, the DNDC will offer each property owner technical assistance every step of the way, from preparation of the scope of work to contractor oversight and payment.
With the help of Mission 180 program partners, starting February 2022, the DNDC will also offer educational sessions on best practices in on-going preventive maintenance and rental property management. Each session will be tailored to meet the needs of homeowner-occupants and rental property owners and managers:
Homeowner Best Practices
- Preventive Home Maintenance
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor
Landlord Training Program
- Best Practices in Property Management
- Quality Property Maintenance
- Virginia Residential Landlord-Tenant Act Updates