East Side Coalition forms to clean up neighborhoods

By Elise Mckeown Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — A nearly 40-year-old organization has joined forces with the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative to form an association aimed at cleaning up the East Side.

The North East Home Owners Association started in 1970, as a parent group at a local elementary school. Through the years, it has supported neighborhood improvement projects, school levies, the parent teacher association, cleanup campaigns and other projects, said Warren Harrell, president.

Now, with the MVOC, they’ve formed the Eastside Coalition. The MVOC was formed in March 2008 to improve the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley through the creation and support of healthy neighborhoods, primarily in Youngstown and Warren.

The goal of the new East Side group, said Harrell, is to bring people living in the 1st and 2nd wards together to help make the East Side an appealing location for those looking to purchase a home.

“At the present time,” Harrell said, “[people] are moving south, they’re moving west. We hope and pray one day that can be changed.”

There’s a lot of available land on the East Side, he pointed out.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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