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East Bluff, Peoria

 

East Bluff: Neighborhood Investment

Overview

Invest $8 million to develop new housing, improve neighborhood conditions and increase family stability in the East Bluff neighborhood.

  • Develop 30 units of housing: sixteen supportive housing units, six new construction homes and rehabilitation of eight single family houses.

  • Expand Community Core activities to improve neighborhood conditions.

  • Partner with City on code enforcement and infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks, curbs, lighting and other aesthetics.

  • Launch a Financial Opportunity Center to  increase family income and wealth.

Community Core

Community Core is a targeted investment strategy that blitzes a series of consecutive blocks with improvements such as exterior home improvements, beautification projects, safety initiatives and community organizing. The 2015 Community Core program assisted 120 families. The initiative also helped to reduce overall crime by 25% and property crime by 50%.

Financial Opportunity Center

Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are career and personal finance service centers that help low- to moderate-income people build smart money habits and focus on the financial bottom line. FOCs provide employment and career counseling, one-on-one financial coaching and education and low-cost financial products that help build credit, savings and assets. They also connect clients with income supports such as food stamps, utilities assistance and affordable health insurance.