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 ‘Mission Serve’ to Complete Housing Improvement Project in Charlotte Neighborhood
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Office: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- The City of Charlotte is partnering with Mission Serve, Inc. to conduct a community improvement project in the Hidden Valley neighborhood, July 24 – 29, 2011. Mission Serve exists to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of individuals by working to eliminate sub-standard housing through volunteerism and community involvement. The Hidden Valley project involves roof replacement for 10 to 12 homes in the area. It is expected that over 175 volunteers will participate and more than $160,000 will be leveraged.
For the past eight years, Mission Serve has been partnering with local city governments to improve sub-standard housing. Mission Serve provides the labor and coordination of the project. The City of Charlotte supports the effort by providing funding for the building materials. The workers for the program are comprised of middle and/or high school youth, nationwide, who pay $250 to participate in the program. This year, several local youth will also participate.
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County selected the Hidden Valley neighborhood as the location for the Mission Serve project based on home ownership numbers, housing stock, and results from the Quality of Life Study. 
For more information on Mission Serve, Inc., visit www.mission-serve.com.