What Can a Block Club or Tenant Council Do?
1. CLEAN UP VACANT LOTS – WAGE WAR ON RATS
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can participate in the Great American Clean-up in the spring, clean up vacant lots, (removing the shelter for rodents) and seek permission to use the lots as a playground or a community garden. Also, they can remind residents to use covered trash cans to remove the rodents’ food supply.
2. BEAUTIFY THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can arrange for the planting of trees, flower beds, a community garden, etc.. They can also enlist the neighborhood handymen to help with the painting and repairing of needy neighbor’s homes.
3. GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER GROUPS ANDj ORGANIZATIONS
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can get together with other clubs, groups and organizations for joint action on common projects (paving, parks, etc.).
4. FIGHT FOR BETTER HOUSING
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils should become familiar with, and seek advice on, laws relating to code enforcement, zone violations, and tenant / landlord responsibilities.
5. WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can establish a Neighborhood Crime Watch and be trained by a certified Crime Specialist. They can also establish a “phone tree” (a method of notifying neighbors quickly by telephone of neighborhood happenings).
6. MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can meet with government officials to discuss neighborhood problems and the municipalities’ services such as trash pick-up, street improvements, law enforcement policies and procedures and fire department response times.
7. HOLD “CANDIDATES NIGHTS”
Block Clubs / Tenant Councils can invite candidates running for office to a meeting so they may question the prospective leaders on issues affecting their neighborhoods.