The Community Core Initiative aims to create demonstrable, visual impact that addresses the two primary areas of concern in the East Bluff and South Side as identified by residents and local leaders: blight and safety. This comprehensive approach aims to achieve a "ripple effect" of positive change. Resources and community assets are focused within designated blocks within each neighborhood to create core improvement zones.
The Community Core Initiative is an extension of the East Bluff's "East Bluff Build it Up" initiative and the South Side's "South Side Strong" Initiative. The home organization for the Community Core Initiative in the East Bluff is East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, and PCCEO in the South Side.
The goals of the Community Core Initiative are:
Increased safety & reduced crime
Strengthning neighborhood identity through resident engagement
Building capacity of existing neighborhood organizations
Improved curb appeal
Enhancement of existing community initiatives
The Community Core Initiative includes a number of grant programs designed to address resident concerns. All residents living with Community Core Initiaitve boundaries are eligible to apply for a grant - homeownership is not required!
Paint & Porch Program: This program focuses on exterior home improvements. This includes painting of siding, trim, or window trim; porch repair and stabilization; porch and front door painting; front step repair; replacement windows; front door replacement; and front porch roof replacement or repair.
Lawn & Landscaping Program: This program focuses on landscaping improvements. This includes removal of overgrown trees, removal of overgrown brush, mulching, the addition of appropriate plantings, and sod or grass seed (in extreme cases).
Locks & Lights Program: This program focuses on home additions geared towards safety. This includes door locks, window locks, front porch lighting, rear porch lighting, and alley lights.
Vacant Lot Program: Residents within Community Core Initiative boundaries may collaborate on vacant lot projects. Grant funds can be provided for community gardens or pocket parks.