Howard Avenue

A portion of Howard Avenue, looking southwest just past Pershing Avenue. 

Lancaster has been selected for a $25,000 grant to support community-driven neighborhood revitalization projects.

The city is one of 10 recipients of this year’s “Love Your Block” awards. The money will be used to create a local “Love Your Block” program, offering small grants and logistical support for initiatives such as home repairs, facade improvements and “public art that celebrates neighborhood identity,” officials said Tuesday in a news release.

Initially, the city will target Howard Avenue, which runs between South Queen Street and East King Street in Lancaster’s southeast.

It’s one of Lancaster’s most historic streets, city Chief of Staff Matt Johnson said. The funding is for two years; in the second year, the hope would be to extend Love Your Block to nearby areas, he said.

It’s very much a grassroots program, he said, and will enlist residents and nonprofits as anti-blight efforts are designed and implemented.

Besides the grant, the program provides technical assistance and underwrites two members of AmeriCorps VISTA — a domestic program analogous to the Peace Corps — who will work out of City Hall.

Love Your Block is a program of Cities of Service, a New York City-based nonprofit. Funding comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.