HCHN partners with organizations to clean up blight, utilizes crime and safety grant

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UPDATE – Nov. 15, 2018

FLINT, MICH. – Multiple volunteers and community members grabbed rakes, paint rollers, weed cutters, and whatever it took to get the job done in two neighborhoods on Flint’s North End. Though it was a frigid day for November 10, volunteers came out in numbers.

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Nov. 8, 2018

FLINT, MICH. – A North Flint neighborhood will get a manicure after a cleanup project happens this weekend. With the help of a $1 million grant received by Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN), the Illuminating Community Change Project (ICC) hosts the Love a Lot. Love a Life. cleanup event on Saturday, November 10 form 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Residents, volunteers and community partners are encouraged to join the cleanup. Volunteers will meet at the Higher Quality of Life Ministries, located at 1121 Osceola Avenue in Flint. From there, participants will move into the key areas of Sherman Avenue, between M.L. King Boulevard and Verdun Street, and the Foss Avenue neighborhood. Work will consist of boarding up abandoned homes, cutting and clearing vacant lots, removing debris, clearing sidewalks and tending to neighborhood lawns.

NBC25/FOX66 reporter Jasmyn Durham speaks to the North Flint Neighborhood Action Council (NF NAC) President Geri Clark and the ICC Project Manager Sandra Johnson about the plans for the neighborhood project.

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HCHN received a $1 million Community-Based Crime Reduction grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in 2017. Multiple Flint organizations are partnering with the ICC to help reduce crime and revitalize their neighborhoods in North Flint. HCHN and NF NAC are the leading partners of the project, along with WOW Outreach, North Flint Reinvestment Corporation, Kagle Leadership Initiative, Ruth Mott Foundation, Davison Free Methodist Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, LISC and WT Stevens.

If you are interested in volunteering in the neighborhood cleanup, or want to learn more about the ICC, contact Sandra Johnson at 810-262-1205.


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