City of Erie to receive $100k and support to reduce blight and promote neighborhood change

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On Thursday, Cities of Service announced that the City of Erie has been selected as one of eight U.S. cities that will participate in a grant program to help combat community blight.

The program is called Love Your Block, which brings city leaders and residents together to build stronger neighborhoods, one block at a time. 

The City of Erie will receive a $100,000 grant over two years to support efforts led by residents to reduce blight, alleviate poverty and spur neighborhood-driven change.  The funding will pay for the City to hire a ‘Love Your Block Fellow’ drawn from the community. 

In addition, two AmeriCorps VISTAs will be funded by Cities of Service, and the city will receive technical assistance from expert Cities of Service staff. The AmeriCorps VISTAs and the Fellow will serve in City Hall, working to engage residents and help strengthen communities.

Anyone interested in applying to be the Fellow or one of the two VISTAs can visit the City of Erie’s website or social media in the coming days.  

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. More than 26,000 community members have revitalized over 3,500 community spaces by creating nearly 750 art displays, cleaning 98,000 square feet of graffiti, removing 6 million pounds of trash and more.

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