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Adopt-A-Block Agreement Form

If you are interested in the Adopt-A-Block Program, please review the following instructions and submit the on-line form at the bottom of this page.

  1. You can adopt as an individual or as part of a group. If you have decided to work as a group, make a phone listing of all the participants and delegate specific tasks, such as picking up the paint, etc.
  2. Choose a specific location, or ask the Graffiti Control Program staff to suggest one for you. Locations can be public or private property, and can range from a single structure, such as a retaining wall, to an area of many blocks.
  3. Complete this Adopt-A-Block Agreement Form and submit to the Graffiti Control Program for approval.
  4. After receiving approval for your project site from the Graffiti Control Program, determine the amount of paint and supplies you will need for your initial efforts. Call the Paint and Materials Exchange Bank at (619) 527-3431 to make your request and schedule a pickup time. Or, you may submit your request online using the Release of City of San Diego Materials Form.
  5. Always get permission from the person responsible for the property (including City inventory and public utilities) prior to performing any graffiti abatement. Complete the Consent Form (PDF) to specify you (or your group) as the graffiti abatement volunteer(s) and have the person responsible for the property sign it. You do not need to provide a copy of the Consent Form to the Graffiti Control Program, but it is recommended that you keep the signed original on file.
  6. Abate the graffiti on your adopted property and keep an eye open for rehits. As an adopting volunteer, you are making a commitment to remove graffiti as soon as possible (preferably within 48 hours). Early morning is usually the best time to paint out.
  7. Use the "Adopt-A-Block Worklog" to record your efforts. Worklogs are available at the Graffiti Control Program Office, located at 1970 B Street, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92101. You do not need to submit the worklog to the Graffiti Control Program, but please keep it on file. The Program must be able to verify that the supplies provided through the Exchange Bank are used only for graffiti abatement; worklogs are the documentation of your paint and materials usage.
  8. Celebrate your contribution to the community! Organize work parties and recognize special achievements within your group. Contact the Graffiti Control Program staff for ideas and assistance with promotional rewards, etc. On behalf of the City of San Diego, "Thank you very much!"

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