In 2018, Gary was named one of ten winners of the Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition. Cities of Service awarded each winning city $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and provides ongoing technical assistance and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to fight property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community cleanups.
Love Your Block 2018-2020
Love Your Block enables local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. Our newest Love Your Block program, announced in July 2018, was specifically targeted to legacy cities – older, industrial cities that have faced substantial population loss.
Urban Institute Love Your Block Study Summary
A Qualitative Study of Social Connectedness Outcomes