Reclaiming Shared Space through City-to-Citizen Collaboration

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Reclaiming Shared Space through City-to-Citizen Collaboration

A Formative Evaluation of the Love Your Block Program

Abstract

The Urban Institute’s formative evaluation of Love Your Block describes how the program and Cities of Service, the program’s funder, affect neighborhood-level remediation of vacant and abandoned properties, city government collaboration, and resident engagement. Love Your Block connects mayors’ offices with city residents to revitalize their neighborhoods one block at a time. The Love Your Block model involves two main components: a two-year grant and the support of AmeriCorps VISTA members. In addition, Cities of Service provides technical assistance and cohort support to grantees. In 2018, after a competitive grant application process, Cities of Service selected 10 cities to be in Love Your Block’s second cohort: Buffalo, New York; Gary, Indiana; Hamilton, Ohio; Hartford, Connecticut; Huntington, West Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; and South Bend, Indiana. Each city received $25,000. In turn, the cities disbursed minigrants of $200 to $2,000 to community groups, block clubs, and informal groups of neighbors who organized volunteer-led projects in their neighborhoods.

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