Neighborhood Organization & Development - Quality of Life Initiatives
The Quality of Life Initiatives Program works with communiticy citizens, local government, and stakeholders to provide sustainability and stability in the community. This program establishes goals and objectives focused toward the economic, social, and environmental improvement of the community through neighborhood organization and development. EACH implements a strategy that coordinates with the community to address crime and challenges that threaten the safety of community residents.
EACH incorporates many dedicated groups and individuals who are committed to building a safe community and environment, including community residents, faith-based institutions, the City of Akron, the County of Summit, the Akron Police Department, local schools, and local court systems. These initiatives identify community crime hot spot and concerns in collaboration with Ward 5 Councilman Ken Jones, the Police department, and the City of Akron. Crime hot spots have been identified and information circulated to neighbors regarding the crime that is occurring. Additionally, committed participants work with the EACH Block Clubs to identify blighted and deteriorated properties and buildings.
Through the coordination with parents, schools and school administrators, parents, the government, EACH works with local schools to address and identify issues that impact youth to safely walk to and from school. Through the assessment of community needs including the abatement of crime and drugs, to environmental issues like safe sidewalks and street improvements, EACH helps to identify problem properties, which need to be demolished or boarded, and work to obtain funding to address these problems.
EACH also works closely with staff and students from our local high school to develop a “safety station” in the school, which will bring students together around issues of addressing their own safety and that of others in the community. Through collaborative efforts of planning, and the deomcratic process, pathways are expanded for nonelected citizens to have an ipact on decisions that effect the lives of those residing in their community.