In the fall of 2020, SCEMA launched the first-ever virtual seminar series featuring lectures from SCEMA alumni and guest faculty members to dive deeper into the world of strategic code enforcement and give our participants a closer look at what to expect during the academy. Each seminar is available here. Thanks for being a part of SCEMA!
Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy
As part of our SCEMA seminar/webinar series, Mr. Braverman shared information on the essential “building blocks” to ensure that a communities’ code enforcement program is effective, efficient and equitable.
Dennis Kennedy and Stephanie Beebe discuss Toledo’s comprehensive initiative to remediate lead in rental properties and thus improve community health by addressing the safety and quality of rental housing. Learn first-hand from Dennis Kennedy, Code Enforcement Division Director and Stephanie Beebe, Lead Safe Coordinator about how they designed and developed the necessary cross sector partnerships and collaborations. They will also walk through the underlying local government lead safe ordinance and their program implementation plan.
In the context of rising disinvestment in Black and Brown communities and a history of redlining and displacement, the Hester Street team will share their experiences and strategies for how code enforcement agencies can address the root causes of unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions, put equity front and center, and transform their engagement with residents. Given the numerous housing and neighborhood challenges brought on by the pandemic, communities must reevaluate existing code enforcement programs and reimagine a more strategic, systematic approach that can advance healthier and more equitable communities. SCEMA faculty members Nisha Baliga and Jimena Veloz from Hester Street both present.
Code enforcement cannot effectively abate vacant properties without the commitment and support of its public officials and community leaders. One of SCEMA’s core tenets is having cross-sector teams, comprised of code enforcement directors and staff, community leaders, nonprofits, attorneys, and city/county officials, work on these relationships and forge stronger partnerships during the two-day June Academy. Our January Seminar features the St. Louis journey in building one of the most robust community collaboratives to combat vacant properties, one that SCEMA has worked with and helped to enhance. The St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative is a coalition of community members, private and non-profit stakeholders, and city agencies committed to reducing vacant property in St. Louis. The Collaborative helps to coordinate existing vacancy efforts under one umbrella and empowers the public and private sectors to work together toward solutions. It convenes committees and working groups to facilitate systemic change, advance new policies, share success stories, and support neighborhood-centric solutions. Since its informal beginnings in 2015 and its formal launch in 2018, the Collaborative has experienced both wins and challenges in its efforts to build and sustain a coalition of the willing and advance shared goals. Learn from members of the Collaborative about how they built their coalition and examples of the kinds of initiatives that have grown out of their work together.