The annual city-wide clean up offers Greensboro residents an opportunity to dispose of old appliances, furniture, general trash and debris. Residents may place junk or trash at the curb in front of their home on or before 8 am on March 25, and city workers will dispose of it.
To build on this effort, Greensboro’s Community Housing Team is working to organize neighborhood clean-ups throughout the city.
“This is a great opportunity to improve our neighborhoods by getting rid of trash and debris,” says team member Annie Grant. “We have several clean-ups organized and hope to confirm more clean-up teams throughout the city and individual communities.”
Greensboro’s Public Housing Director, Robert Motley has taken the lead on beautifying Greensboro’s public housing and the surrounding areas.
“We have permission to clean up several abandoned lots around public housing,” explains Motley. “These abandoned lots are littered with mattresses, trash and other junk and have 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 during the clean-up, will assist by planting flowers in all five Housing Authority complexes.
In the Railroad Neighborhood, students will work 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.”
The Greensboro Community Housing Team is encouraging community groups and neighborhood organizations across the city to organize clean up activities. In addition to pick up service as part of the city-wide Clean Up Day, the city of Greensboro will provide trash bags and other supplies for any neighborhood group that wishes to organize a community clean up within a specific area. For more information about organizing a clean up your neighborhood, contact Annie Grant at Greensboro City Hall by telephone at (706) 453-7967.
“We hope to see the greater Greensboro community come together to really clean-up our city,” explains Better Hometown Director and Community Housing Team Member Cail Hammons. “Already we have clean ups scheduled for the Canaan, Mill Town, and Railroad communities.”
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.