Rockford organizations come together to make the Fairgrounds Valley Housing complex a better place to live.
The Rockford Housing Authority, Rockford Public Library, and NAACP, were just a few of the groups represented at a Thursday night meeting. The Fairgrounds Outreach Program was created through the Choice Neighborhood's Grant.
One issue in the area is kids loitering. The group is discussing possible youth programs through the YMCA and the Rockford Park District.
"The discussions are being had and I think that the group is definitely going to connect the kids to those opportunities and I think we'll definitely see a difference," says Rockford Housing Authority CEO Ron Clewer.
"This is a collective effort," says Christopher Sims, Rockford Anti-Racism Network Co-Chair. "We're all working together to make this city better and we want to continue to work together and continue to dialogue about some of the injustices or what people need in this community."
Clewer believes the benefits from the Fairgrounds Outreach Program will continue through all of Rockford not just in the housing complex.
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