Cities of Service today announced grants to Seattle and six other U.S. cities as part of its new “City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block” program. Through a competitive process, Seattle — along with Birmingham, Ala.; Boston, Lansing, Mich.; Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Richmond, Calif. — was selected to receive $30,000 and dedicated full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to support a neighborhood revitalization project fueled by impact volunteering.
Mayor Murray’s office will use this funding and volunteer effort to build on his Find It, Fix It Community Walks by leveraging the “Love Your Block” programming to engage residents in improving quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. The City will drive community participation in coordinated revitalization and city maintenance efforts, and organize Neighborhood Action Teams comprised of Chambers of Commerce leaders, neighborhood associations, community centers, and residents in select neighborhoods where at least 30% of households fall below the poverty line, and are subject to disproportionate crime and violence.
“In order to become a high-impact and sustainable model of neighborhood revitalization, our Find It, Fix It Community Walks need to serve not just as a focusing principle for city services, they must also become a catalyst for ongoing neighborhood engagement. This partnership with Cities of Service will help make this vision reality,” said Murray.
The Cities of Service “City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block” program incentivizes local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income areas. Using the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, mayors and city executives are equipped with the tools to engage citizen volunteers and local nonprofits in co-creating solutions to urban blight. Cities of Service will administer the grant program, made possible with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
To learn more, please visit the Cities of Service website.