A Message from the Executive Director
Can you believe it is spring? The year is moving fast and so it is here at the PACT offices! We have had a tremendous first quarter and are looking forward to what the remainder of the year has in store. Here at PACT, with the support of our funding partners and our residents, we are working every day to implement the Blueprint for Community Investment. Our focus is to help the Near East Side prosper as a revitalized and diverse mixed-income neighborhood that builds on its important history and current residents while welcoming new and returning neighbors. Ensuring a diverse, mixed-income community is essential to the long-term vibrancy of any community. First and foremost, everyone deserves a safe, decent, affordable place to live. The Near East Side has a rich and diverse housing stock, offering a variety of housing options, for-rent and owner-occupied; single-family home and multi-unit communities. Thankfully, we are also blessed with many long-term, affordable units.
Keeping with the Blueprint, we are pleased with the progress of our newly-expanded exterior home repair program. With support from Fifth Third Bank and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, The Ohio State University and United Way of Central Ohio, we have committed to improving the exteriors of 20 homes in the 2017-18 program year. This work is well on its way and these 20 units will be complete by July 1 of this year.
And we appreciate your ongoing commitment to providing input on community safety in the PACT geography. Since September, we have convened members of the community for a series of conversations on the topic of community safety. From those conversations, three areas of focus emerged:
- Conduct a PACT Community Cleanup Day (to be held April 21; you can read more about this day later in the newsletter);
- Launch the “Take the Pledge” Community Safety Pledge Campaign (will also be launched on April 21; you can read more about this initiative later in the newsletter); and
- Implement a Neighborhood Safety Advisory Council (Summer 2018). To learn more about our exciting work in the area of community safety and to express interest in being a part of our efforts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, let me say thank you to the community. It has been a little over a year since I became executive director of PACT, and you have embraced me, shared your thoughts with me and continue to be a partner as we collectively work to transform the Near East Side.