BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A “Blight Bootcamp” is set to take place in September to educate residents on how to beautify their neighborhoods.

The month of September was declared “Blight Month” in the parish by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. City-Parish officials said a $4.5 million blight initiative funded by American Rescue Plan funds will be starting soon.

The initiative aims to address overgrown lots, condemned structures, and junk, trash, and debris on private property in Baton Rouge, according to Broome. The mayor’s office said the City-Parish Neighborhood Revitalization Crew has accomplished the following so far in 2022:

  • Demolished 63 structures
  • Cut tall grass & weeds on 367 lots
  • Clean junk, trash & debris from 172 properties

The Blight Bootcamp is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the River Center Branch Library Downtown. To register, click here.

Baton Rouge small businesses interested in participating in the blight initiative can find out more at