TNP to Launch 2016 ‘Lots to Love’ Program

WARREN, Ohio — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will kick off the 2016 “Lots to Love” program with its first workshop 5 p.m. Monday at 170 N. Park Ave.

The Lots to Love program provides up to $6,000 worth of labor and materials to install a greening project on a newly vacant lot. Eligible lots will be those that have recently had a demolition completed by the Trumbull County Land Bank. The funding for these projects has been made available by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, through the Neighborhood Initiative Program.

“Many people know about the issue of blighted vacant houses in Warren, and TNP’s aggressive strategy to demolish them. What many people don’t know is that through TNP they can actually get a project funded for these lots after the house comes down, bringing a dead space back to life. We want community members to be a part of making a space a place,” said Denise Rising, TNP’s community outreach coordinator and Lots to Love program manager.

Each project must have at least two people who agree to maintain the project, and individuals and organizations are required to gather neighborhood signatures showing that people are in support of the idea.

Residents, churches, businesses, neighborhood associations and other community groups are encouraged to apply. TNP will provide assistance with developing any ideas.

Interested applicants must attend an application workshop or meet individually with TNP staff. The program is now open and applications are currently being accepted. Future dates and locations for the workshops will be announced soon.

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