United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association Announces New Initiatives at Monthly Meeting

The United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting on Monday March 20. Approximately 35 residents attended the meeting to hear about exciting new initiatives and partnerships which will work in collaboration with the neighborhood group to improve conditions within the neighborhood.

Carle Foundation announced a 15 year initiative to impact health outcomes utilizing in home care. Carle will hire Community workers and social workers to engage residents in the program.

First Federal, a local financial institution which owns fifteen properties in the Garden Hills Neighborhood, presently has nine of those properties are currently for sale. To facilitate the sales, the bank is completing major renovations on the properties prior to sale to homeowners. The projected investment in each of the properties will range between $15,000 and $35,000, and the sales prices will vary from $35,000 to $105,000. Their first rehab on Diane Lane recently sold for $94,000. The bank is also committed to improving the living conditions in the neighborhood and has agreed to partner on neighborhood cleanup initiatives this spring.

Representatives of Frances Nelson Health Center presented information on the programs and services offered at their healthcare facility on Prospect Avenue. They encouraged residents to take advantage of the services offered so close to the neighborhood, including medical and dental care. Additionally, Frances Nelson staff highlighted the walk-in hours offered, and the fact that they take all types of health insurance and respond to medical needs based on an ability to pay.