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Representatives from approximately eighty U.S. colleges and universities funded to promote community development partnerships in distressed urban and rural areas by the Office of University Partnerships of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development met in East St. Louis, Illinois, on Thursday and Friday, September 24th and 25th, 1998, to discuss the opportunities, challenges and policy implications of their work.
Throughout July, 1998, hundreds of volunteers gathered in Emerson Park, East St. Louis, to contribute both their time and energy toward a common goal of providing affordable housing. More commonly referred to as a "Blitz Build", both skilled and unskilled volunteers from all over the state, as well as Emerson Park residents and UIUC affiliates worked from 7AM to 5PM, Monday to Saturday, generating two new homes in three weeks. With everyone working together in an ecumenical environment, the dream of a new home was realized for two area families.
18 East St. Louis area youths were provided with employment for 10 weeks this summer. Tasks included landscaping and environmental clean-up in the Edgemont and Olivette Park Neighborhoods. This program was sponsored by the East St. Louis Community Action Network (ESLCAN).
Community Residents and University ESLARP Staff got together to evaluate the ESLARP program over past year and set future directions and priorities for the project. It was the first time residents were asked to evaluate ESLARP's service over time and the project as a whole.
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Document author(s) : Deanna Koenigs
Last modified: 15 October 1998, Deanna Koenigs