The ""Slavic Village Recovery, LLC"":https://www.facebook.com/SlavicVillageRecoveryProject?ref=br_tf (SVR) officially kicked off recently with a volunteer event.[IMAGE]
SVR--a partnership involving efforts from private companies, nonprofit stakeholders, and the public sector--seeks to restore the Slavic Village community that was devastated by the foreclosure crisis.
To revitalize the historic community, the collaboration aims to rehabilitate single-family homes while creating opportunities for affordable housing.[COLUMN_BREAK]
According to a release from SVR, the Slavic Village community in Cleveland, Ohio, once held the highest foreclosure rate in the country in 2007.
The community day event on July 17 targeted closed to 70 homes that needed work and attracted over 70 volunteers who served by trimming lawns, removing trash, and cutting down trees. The combined efforts led to over 35,000 work hours.
Employees from Safeguard Properties, Forest City Enterprises, and RIK Enterprises also took part in the effort to rehabilitate properties.
Safeguard Properties donated three lawnmowers, tools and gloves, while Forest City provided lunch and refreshments for volunteers throughout the day. SecureView donated and installed windows and door systems for two vacant homes in the project area and sponsored a hand washing station for volunteers.
""On behalf of the Division of Park Maintenance and Properties, I thank you,"" said Commissioner Richard Silvia. ""I cannot recall a volunteer effort as well planned and executed.""