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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2013

Volunteers needed for Safe School Zone neighborhood cleanup this Saturday

City staff also will provide home repair assistance applications

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department invites residents to participate in a Safe School Zone neighborhood cleanup and home repair program signup this Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vineyard Resource Center, 4301 E. 43rd St. Residents also may apply for the City’s home repair programs at Dave’s Place, 2116 E. 74th St., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The neighborhood cleanup will address environmental hazards at Genesis, George Melcher, George W. Carver Dual Language and Martin Luther King, Jr., elementary schools. After resident volunteers meet at the Vineyard Resource Center, City staff will assign them to a specific school, all within walking distance of the center.

Meanwhile, staff will provide and accept applications for the City’s Home Weatherization Program and Minor Home Repair Program. These programs provide qualified homeowners with free home repair or improvement services. Applicants must meet income and other guidelines, which vary depending on the program. For more information about these programs, please visit www.kcmo.org/homerepair.

The City’s Safe School Zone Initiative is a new program that aims to create a safe passage for children to and from school while also forging collaboration among parents, educators, school leadership and neighborhood associations. It began last month when City staff, Local Investment Commission staff, parent volunteers and neighborhood leaders canvassed areas around schools that may be dangerous for children as they travel to and from school. They identified these areas as “Safe School Zones.”

After this weekend’s cleanup, Safe School Zone site teams will meet regularly throughout the upcoming school year to monitor the zones. The teams include parents, educators, neighborhood leaders and staff from the City’s Police, Public Works and Neighborhoods and Housing Services departments.

For more information, please contact Deletta Dean, Neighborhoods and Housing Services, at 816-513-3220.

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