Thusday, Service cities announced that the city of Erie has been selected as one of eight US cities that will participate in a grant program to help fight the community scourge.
The program is called Love Your Block, which brings together city leaders and residents to build stronger neighborhoods, one block at a time.
The City of Erie will receive a $ 100,000 grant over two years to support resident-led efforts to reduce scourge, alleviate poverty and spur neighborhood change. The funding will allow the City to hire a âLove Your Block Fellowâ from the community.
In addition, two AmeriCorps VISTAs will be funded by Cities of Service, and the city will receive technical assistance from expert staff from Cities of Service. The AmeriCorps VISTA and the fellow will serve at City Hall, working to engage residents and help strengthen communities.
The eight winners of the Cities of Service award are:
- Albany, New York
- El Paso, Texas
- Erie, Pennsylvania
- Jackson, Tennessee
- Nashua, New Hampshire
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Shawnee, Oklahoma
- White Plains, New York
Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped nearly 50 cities implement Love Your Block. Over 26,000 community members have revitalized over 3,500 community spaces by creating nearly 750 art exhibits, cleaning 98,000 square feet of graffiti, removing 6 million pounds of trash and more.
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