Neighborhood Services

About Our Department

The Neighborhood Services Department oversees a variety of programs dedicated to improving the physical appearance of our communities and enhancing the quality of life of Covington’s residents and visitors. 

The Department consists of five service-oriented divisions: 

  • Code Enforcement, whose mission is to protect the health and safety of residents from property hazards. 

  • Federal Grants (primarily the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG; & the HOME Investments Partnerships program).

  • Parks and Recreation.

  • Solid Waste & Recycling.

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).

Additionally, the Department is responsible for other issues that strengthen our diverse neighborhoods, such as housing, disposition of City-owned real estate, community outreach, and the City’s early learning initiative, “Read Ready Covington.”

Neighborhood Services strives to provide high-level communication and collaboration and ultimately improve how the City interacts with our customers.

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Neighborhood Grant Program is a competitively awarded program administered by the City of Covington.  The goal of this program is to provide flexible funding, using a simple application process, to neighborhood groups in order to improve the physical appearance of their communities and enhance the sense of social cohesion through beautification projects, blight removal, special events and activities.  If you are interested in this opportunity, more information including an application can be found HERE.

City-Owned Real Estate

In order to provide increased opportunities for housing and economic development, blight reduction, and general public benefit, the City of Covington seeks the return of surplus City-owned real property to the highest and best productive use.  Please note that applicable Kentucky law governs how Covington can sell or transfer its real property to members of the public.  The City has several options ranging from transferring real property with or without compensation to another governmental agency to selling at appraised fair market value with or without bids.  Certain limitations apply to the disposition options and a more detailed list can be found by reviewing Kentucky Revised Statute § 82.083.

If you are interested in purchasing real estate that is owned by the City, the program guidelines, application and current inventory can be found HERE.

Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program

The City of Covington is looking for homes to participate in its first-ever Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program.

The goal of the three-year, federally funded $1.66 million program is to protect children and vulnerable adults from potential health risks from deteriorating paint in homes and apartments built before 1978.

Homes found to have lead-based paint hazards will be assigned a contractor who will repair or replace affected areas, which might include such as plaster, baseboards, windows and doors, and other trim pieces. 

For an information packet and application, see HERE. For further information, call the Neighborhood Services Department at (859) 292-2323.

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