City of Jackson
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Capital City Rebuilds AmeriCorps Program's mission is to revitalize communities, improve the quality of life, and increase the supply of low-income housing by providing construction services to the community. This program meets the following critical community needs: 1) To improve the quality and supply of housing for low-income families and to create homeownership opportunities for low-income families; 2) To provide training programs for low-income people that increase their employment opportunities, improve their life skills, and enhance their quality of life; 3) To restore severely deteriorating neighborhoods and abandoned housing in the City of Jackson to improve the quality of life for existing residents; 4) To instill in all members a spirit of service to the community; and 5) To prepare communities for emergency events. The lead applicant and fiscal agent is the City of Jackson, Mississippi. Twenty (20) members will build 6 houses, rehabilitate 80 low-income housing units, and provide 31,320 hours of construction related services to the community. Members will receive 2680 hours of construction education, emergency response, and professional development workshops over the one year grant period. High poverty, increasing unemployment, increasing drop-out rates, and high crime rates plague the City of Jackson. City Hall, citizens and community organizations are in a battle to reverse the decline of the City. The Capital City Rebhi8lds AmeriCorps Program continues to provide new hope for the rebirth of deteriorating neighborhoods.