Saturday, July 05, 2008

Clean up blight in East Hillside, Funds available to help a limited income or senior property owner in East Hillside

Just what is blight? When there is talk about blighted neighborhoods, it usually means those areas where properties have fallen into disrepair and have become an eyesore. At Home in East Hillside now has limited funds from a grant made available by Duluth LISC to help those who are unable to clean up the outside of their properties. Whether it’s removing furniture or appliances, we can help. Our goal is to “build stronger relationships in community through collective actions or events to improve physical environment” by providing interaction, training, and a sense of community. Look for future meetings on this topic as we also have funds available through this grant for electronic recycling and creating a perennial garden at the overlook at Chester Creek on Fourteenth Avenue East and Sixth Street.

At this time, cleaning up the outside of properties is where we could use your help. We would like to hear from you regarding who could use the yard clean-up assistance. The boundaries would be from Sixth to Fifteenth Avenues East and from the lake up to Skyline Parkway. The people we would like to reach out to would be seniors or those with limited incomes and abilities (it is not our intention to help those who can help themselves). Know of someone? Know of a vacant lot? Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at or call East Hillside Patch at (218) 728-4287 and let us know.

We look forward to your, and all the At Home partners, participation in helping us make our East Hillside neighborhood an even better place to live, work and play.
Mona Cheslak
On behalf of:
At Home in East Hillside
East Hillside Community Club
East Hillside Patch