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'Love Your Block PHX' Funds Nine Neighborhood Beautification Projects 'Love Your Block PHX' Funds Nine Neighborhood Beautification Projects <div class="ExternalClass021959C0CE6F45CB9E3E1B0A8BF8ED81"><p>​</p><p style="color:#212121;font-family:verdana;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:22.5px;">The Love Your Block PHX (LYB) mini-grant program has awarded nine neighborhood groups funding to implement community revitalization projects, bringing the total number of LYB projects to 24 since its start in 2015. The program expanded citywide this year, increasing the number of applications received by more than 275 percent over last year. LYB<span style="background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;"> is funded by Cities of Service, a national nonprofit organization that helps mayors and city leaders tap the knowledge, creativity and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities.</span></p><p style="color:#212121;font-family:verdana;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:22.5px;">     “The Love Your Block PHX initiative continues to engage and equip Phoenix residents with tools to transform their neighborhoods,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Our city works better because of the ideas and talents of our residents.”</p><p style="color:#212121;font-family:verdana;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:22.5px;">     Having expanded its reach this year, LYB projects in Phoenix will span from South Mountain to Central Phoenix to Maryvale. These projects create opportunities to cultivate the spirit of neighborhood volunteering, funding community revitalization plans that are open to the public in low-to-moderate income areas of Phoenix.</p><p style="color:#212121;font-family:verdana;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;line-height:22.5px;">     This year’s projects include an alley activation in South Phoenix, coordinated by the Women’s Support Group of <span style="background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;">the University of Arizona Roosevelt Early Childhood </span>Resource Center, which aims to create a safe, walkable thoroughfare to be used by the community and a vacant lot activation in the Gateway neighborhood, near 35th Street and McDowell Road, which will provide <span style="background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;">a safe space within the neighborhood for kids to play.</span></p><p style="color:#212121;font-family:verdana;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;text-indent:0.5in;line-height:22.5px;">LYB will return for its fourth year in 2018. For more information and updates, check phoenix.gov/volunteer.<br></p><p><br></p></div>12/21/2017 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollNeighborhood Services Department602-534-4444