Beautiful · Engaged  · Safe  · Thriving  |   Winter 2018
Serve Your Neighbor
Plano Code Abatement by Residents Engaged in Service (CARES) connects local volunteers to residents in need of assistance with common property code violations. While most residential violations are quickly resolved, those who are unable to correct violations because of a physical or financial hardship may find help through Plano CARES.

The majority of the projects involve basic landscaping, tree trimming, trash removal, minor fence repair, and small demolition projects (accessory buildings). Project work days are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every month from March through November. Tools and equipment are available on work days for volunteer use. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to operate power tools. For more information about the program or to sign up to volunteer, please visit our webpage .
Help Count the Homeless in Plano
Do you want to be a part of Plano’s annual Point-in-Time Homeless Census? On the evening of January 24, 2019, teams of volunteers and Neighborhood Police Officers will spread out across Plano to survey persons experiencing homelessness and provide care packages that include information on local resources. Data collected during the census advises local and regional strategic planning efforts on the current needs of people experiencing homelessness and contributes to the overall Homeless Count for Collin and Dallas Counties. The information collected from both counties is also shared with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Volunteer registration and care package drive information will be available on the Collin County Homeless Coalition website on December 3, 2018. We look forward to your help in making this another successful count!
See the Housing Survey Results
Over the past six months, the City collected data for the Housing Trends Analysis. This Analysis seeks to identify gaps in housing needs, considering cost, size, and type. This information will help Plano guide future community investment to meet our housing needs. Over 3,000 Plano residents and members of Plano's workforce participated in the process by completing an online housing survey. The City also met with neighborhood leaders, non-profit organizations, and members of the business and development community to gather input on Plano’s housing challenges and opportunities from an economic perspective. The Executive Summary can be viewed on the Housing Plan page of the Neighborhood Services website, and the final report will be presented at the City Council Preliminary Open Meeting on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

Go Ahead, Brag On Your Neighborhood
Got a great idea to bring neighbors out to the party? Did you recently complete a neighborhood project that you’d like to share? Does your neighborhood have a special initiative that helps neighbors in need? 
If you answered yes to any of these questions- we want to hear from you!
Starting in February 2019, the Neighborhood Services Department will highlight Plano neighborhoods in the Department’s quarterly newsletters. All registered neighborhood groups are encouraged to apply, if your neighborhood is not registered-please visit our registration page .
To apply:
·          Submit a description of a successful neighborhood initiative that happened in your neighborhood during 2018. Include digital photos.
·          Keep your submittal short - no more than 1 page (not including digital photos).
·          Be sure to include neighborhood name, representative, and contact information.
·          If selected, your neighborhood group(s) will be featured in the February 6, 2019 BEST Neighborhoods Newsletter edition.
The deadline to submit for the February 2019 Neighborhood Spotlight is Friday, December 21, 2018. Submissions and questions can be emailed to  best@plano.gov .

Fight Crime Alongside the Pop-Up Party Trailer
This year, your neighborhood group has the opportunity to WIN the chance to use the Pop-Up Party Trailer on National Night Out 2019!
Here's how to enter:
Raffle entries are earned by having at least one neighborhood representative attend the following events/meetings (up to 8 entries per neighborhood group):
  • 2018 Neighborhood Summit - Saturday, November 10th
  • Neighbors Connect Series - Ongoing until the April Neighbors Connect Roundtable
  • 2019 HOA Legal Clinic - Saturday, March 9th
  • BEST Neighborhoods Focus Groups, Spring 2019
For a calendar of eligible events, visit PlanoNeighborhoods.org/BlockParty The drawing will be held on Facebook Live on the first Friday in May at noon.
Have a Minute? Learn a Property Maintenance Tip
Neighborhood Services has created a new way to connect with the citizens we serve. Be on the lookout for the Property Maintenance Minute . These short videos highlight ways to check your home on a regular basis for property upkeep.  The easy tips shared in the videos will encourage you to schedule time throughout the year to walk around your property to look at the soffits , tree limbs touching the exterior of your home, overgrown grass and weeds, trash, sprinkler system, and more. The videos also share information on how to address property maintenance issues you may discover. Look for the videos on social media and the Neighborhood Services page on plano.gov . Please comment and share these videos with your neighbors. If there is a specific video you would like to see, please email Amanda Allen, Sr. Property Standards Specialist at amandaa@plano.gov .  We hope these videos will help answer some frequent property maintenance questions and be a great educational tool!  
Safety Minute
Take a minute out of your day to learn about keeping your neighborhood safe with "Safety Watch"Officer Chris Bianez with the Plano Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit discusses phishing scams , debt relief scams and home improvement scams .
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Make Connections
"The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors".
-Samuel Smiles
Interested in including any of this information in your neighborhood newsletter? Email best@plano.gov to make a request.

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