Beginning on October 1st 2013, a new
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) AmeriCorps member will serve with the Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association. LISC has been awarded more than $1.4 million to hire and train new AmeriCorps members who will help disadvantaged communities become safer, healthier and more vibrant places to live. The LISC AmeriCorps member will be involved with activities that promote Community Based Public Safety Strategies for residents who live within the Lindsay Heights Zilber Neighborhood boundaries.
Most Milwaukee neighborhoods have people living in them who care about their community. Families gather to share good times, kids are able to play in safety, neighbors are respectful of each other. However no neighborhoods are perfect and there can be situations that result in chaos and crime issues.
In Milwaukee there are many stakeholders who want to see neighborhoods be the best that they can be. Everyone deserves to live in peace where families feel safe.
Take a look at what key leaders have to say about what needs to be done to address neighborhood concerns.
What role can WE as residents take to insure our community is a positive place for its residents to live.
These comments appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Your individual house exists along side others on your block. Most people take pride in their house and its appearance. A well maintained yard that has its grass cut, free of litter reflects the attitude of people who care about their surroundings. Isn’t it a great feeling when your neighbors share that same level of concern about their homes? The collective positive effect is that the people not only care about their home, but they also set a standard that others recognize and work to meet.
There may be households in the neighborhood where the owner or occupants may need assistance with managing the property or behaviors of those who visit or live there. In many cases they do not know the ‘rules’ of being a member of the community. What resources can be called upon to address problems? How can the resources be notified? What is the process for dealing with issues?
Organized neighborhoods have residents who set expectations and model positive behaviors. They also understand the various city and county departments who are funded by taxpayers exist to provide service when necessary. The city and county want to provide service. They do not have as many people on staff to go out and look for problems that need attention. However they have made it easy for citizens to notify the departments when a neighborhood needs service.
Our neighborhood has developed a ‘toolkit’ that can be used by any resident. To learn what they are click here.
The 2010 census stated the population of the City of Milwaukee was over 594,000 people. Milwaukee ranked as the 28th largest city in the nation. The state of Wisconsin’s total population is 5,686,986, which means more than 10% of the state’s residents live in the city of Milwaukee.
In a city of this size, people settle on places to live, work and play. Neighborhoods consist of homeowners, renters, multi-family housing units. Many communities have people from man ethnic and cultural groups.
Over the years many Milwaukee neighborhoods have undergone change. There are older long-standing homes, new housing construction, areas with rehabilitated housing, traditional and modern apartments and condos.
The Johnsons Park Neighborhood is one example of an area that has seen tough times in the past. However it had a rebirth thanks to city and state investment to encourage home ownership. As a result residents have developed a strong community where people care about their homes, know their neighbors and are concerned about maintaining the positive image for area.
In order for the residents to continue experiencing all the benefits that our neighborhood has achieved, they must stay involved in promoting the positives attributes and identifying the negatives things that destroy our quality of life. JPNA welcomes the participation of all residents who care about making our community the best it can be.