Greensboro’s city-wide clean up is an annual event that offers citizens an opportunity to dispose of general trash and debris. The Community Housing Team built on this effort with organized Clean Ups in the Mill Village and other areas throughout Greensboro. Volunteer teams used trash bags provided by the city to pick up and bag litter. The collected trash was later picked up and disposed of by city workers.
Greensboro’s Public Housing Director, Robert Motley took the lead on beautifying Greensboro’s public housing and the surrounding areas.
“We got permission to clean up several abandoned lots around public housing,” explains Motley. “These abandoned lots were littered with mattresses, trash and other junk and had a negative effect on the neighborhood as a whole.”
In addition, Greensboro’s Housing Authority is organizing a student-led beautification effort. Students, who are out of school for spring break, will assist by planting flowers in all five Housing Authority complexes.
In the Railroad Neighborhood, students worked to clean up the area around Parker Bridge and the historic Baber House.
Greene County African American Museum spokesperson and Housing Team Member Mamie Hillman comments, “The children in the Railroad community have been helping to keep their neighborhood clean through volunteer clean-ups since they were very little. Now many of those children are teenagers and young adults who still volunteer their time to improve the community.”
“We were very pleased with the response to the Housing Team’s call for volunteers to help clean up Greensboro,” says Greensboro Better Hometown Director and Community Housing Team Member, Cail Hammons. “Several of the scheduled clean up activities were postponed due to poor weather over the weekend. We are working to reschedule these volunteer clean ups as soon as possible,” explains Hammons.
The Greensboro Community Housing Team was formed in 2012 to address housing challenges within the city of Greensboro. The team is made up of volunteers from across the community and seeks to improve housing conditions in Greensboro with technical assistance from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. You can learn more about Greensboro’s Community Housing efforts online at www.greensborocommunityhousing.com.