Congrats to our HOPE Village Initiative for winning Community Strategy of the Year for Keep it 100! from the Detroit Community Development Awards 2016.
The HOPE Village Initiative goal: by the year 2031, 100% of HOPE Village residents will be educationally well prepared, economically self- sufficient, and living in a safe and supportive environment. Keep it 100! is a neighborhood strategy that aggressively pushes forward the safe and supportive environment piece by ensuring the entire neighborhood is 100% clean, safe and beautiful.
HOPE Village consists of roughly 100 blocks that immediately surrounds our campus. The neighborhood was recently awarded the designation as an Eco-D for its commitment to green, community-driven development, prioritizing robust community engagement and equitable decision making.
To date, Keep it 100 has mobilized hundreds of residents and stakeholders, and thousands of volunteers to clear alleys, board up homes, clean lots, install gardens, paint curbs and trees and plant millions of flower seeds. The Keep It 100! strategy is a core part of HOPE Village Initiative's goal to create a safe and supportive environment – both physical and social, for neighborhood residents.
The most important outcome of Keep It 100! has been its impact on neighborhood residents. Community members have regained their belief in the future – and in their own abilities to combat blight and illegal dumping. By touching every block, and clearing away dumping which had been prevalent for years, the strategy brought hope to each block.
In addition, as a result of Keep It 100!, over 530 cubic yards of overgrown brush and another 500 cubic yards of illegal dumping have been removed and disposed of.
Over a mile of curbs have been cleaned.
Village residents and committed volunteers have also seen to the removal of
over 500 tires.
Millions of Black Eyed Susan seeds have been planted in the now cleared and cleaned green spaces of the neighborhood.
As part of the call to action, city agencies have demolished 156 abandoned homes and two commercial structures, and removed graffiti from dozens of buildings.
71 overgrown berms have been cut and 75 cleaned of trash and debris.
The Keep it 100! strategy was compelling enough that a story about its outcomes was one of the ten most read articles of 2015 in Crain's Detroit Business: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150721/NEWS/150729986
Thank you to everyone who was a part of helping make Keep it 100! Such a success. We are so excited about next year. For more information about Keep it 100!, or how to get involved, please call Stephanie Johnson-Cobb at 494-4468.