City grants help associations improve neighborhoods in Las Vegas (NV)

Tori Bridges-Hudson recalls a time several years ago when prostitutes, pimps, drug deals and break-ins to vacant units were common happenings in her Las Vegas neighborhood.  With several safety and cleanup projects funded partly by city grants, and a more active homeowners association board, vacant units have filled in, and the Crossroads 1 development is well-lit after dark and its residents feel more secure.  “We couldn’t have done it without grants, the police and people coming together to work to make our community safer,” Bridges-Hudson said of her eastern Las Vegas development. “It just gives you a sense of pride. You can walk outside at 1 a.m., if your dog needs to go out, and not feel afraid.”  The homeowners’ association four or five years ago began to get more active and started applying for grants, including from the city’s Neighborhood Partners Fund.     Read the article…………..