Love Your Block brings mayors together with citizens to revitalize their neighborhoods, one block at a time. From painting over graffiti with colorful murals to banishing trash from playgrounds, citizen volunteers are combating urban blight and making their blocks better places to live.
This program, which is now in its third and final year, deploys two AmeriCorps members to each participating city to support the mayor in engaging low-income community members in the revitalization process. The first cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members began their service in 2015 when Cities of Service, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Bloomberg Philanthropies, awarded seven cities with two AmeriCorps members, program consulting support, and $30,000 each to plan and implement Love Your Block in their low-income neighborhoods.
Today, the program is active in six of the original seven grantee cities. Love Your Block is so successful that additional coalition cities have chosen to implement the Love Your Block Blueprint on their own, without grant funding from Cities of Service.