Free Community Panel Discussion on Revitalizing Youngstown to Take Place at Youngstown Playhouse

The City Club of Mahoning Valley will host a FREE candid and open community panel discussion with three national experts with extensive knowledge of Youngstown. Discussion will focus on what Youngstown must do to strengthen revitalization efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the panel during a 30 minute question and answer session. The doors will open on Tuesday, September 11 at 5pm for this FREE event and at 5:30pm Alan Mallach will hold a discussion on his new book The Divided City, Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America. At 6:30pm a panel discussion moderated by Ian Beniston, YNDC Executive Director will begin including: Evelyn Burnett, Co-Founder, Third Space Action Lab; Presley Gillespie, President, Neighborhood Allies; and Alan Mallach, national expert on urban development and author of The Divided City, Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America. Read more.

Commercial Space Available at Glenwood Business Center,  2246 Glenwood Avenue

Is your business looking to expand or relocate to a high-traffic corridor? YNDC currently has a 5,125 square foot commercial space available for lease at 2246 Glenwood Avenue, Glenwood Business Center. The space has two loading docks with powered doors, restrooms, skylights, ceiling fans, newer Reznor heating units, and a security system. The property is available for lease at $3 per square foot on an annual basis. The square foot price includes: gas, water, electricity, snow removal, and grass cutting. Businesses interested in leasing space in the facility should contact Tiffany Sokol at 330.480.0423. Read more.
Members of ACTION Attend City Council Committee to Press for Legislation Addressing Predatory Land Contracts

On Tuesday, August 28, members of ACTION and neighborhood leaders attended the Youngstown City Council’s Committee on Community Planning and Economic Development meeting at City Hall to press for a citywide adoption of an ordinance addressing predatory land contracts. Elder Rose Carter and Elder Craig Gilchrist spoke at the meeting to explain the dangers of predatory lending and illustrate how large, out-of-state companies like Vision Property Management and Harbor Portfolio prey on low-income and communities of color in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Read more.

Homes for Sale

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
1,326 Square Feet
Under Construction
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
1,240 Square Feet
Under Construction
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
1,604 Square Feet
Homes can be purchased by buyers with bank financing or cash who commit to occupying the property. If you need help to improve your credit or financial situation to obtain a mortgage loan we recommend you enroll in our free housing counseling program. Please call Tammi at YNDC at 330.480.0423 for more information on how we can help you become a homeowner.

Finance Fund Awards Predevelopment Grant to YNDC

On Thursday, August 16, the Finance Fund awarded a $25,000 predevelopment grant to YNDC for a new construction project to create affordable housing in Youngstown. Please stay tuned for more information as this exciting project progresses. Read more.

Home Savings Charitable Foundation Awards $15,000 Grant to YNDC for Glenwood Business Center

On Tuesday, August 21, the Home Savings Charitable Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to YNDC for the creation of the Glenwood Business Center. The grant award funds will be used to renovate 2246 Glenwood Avenue, a vacant commercial building that will attract businesses to the Greater Glenwood Avenue Corridor on the south side of Youngstown. Read more.

Housing Counseling Client Spotlight - Amy Rogers

Housing Counseling client Amy Rogers and her family closed on their new home at 113 South Maryland on May 29, 2018. Amy sat down with us and talked about her experience going through YNDC’s free HUD-approved Housing Counseling program. Amy rented a home on Salt Springs Road for 11 years before deciding she wanted to invest in buying a home on Youngstown’s West Side. Read more.

Grove City College Volunteers Help Clean Up Vacant Lots on High Street

On Friday, August 17, 100 volunteers from Grove City College worked to clean up vacant lots on High Street near Glenwood Avenue. Volunteers reclaimed 865 linear feet of sidewalks and removed 20 cubic yards of brush, 7 cubic yards of debris, and 39 illegally-dumped tires. Read more.

Volunteers Clean Up Lots on High Street at Idora Neighborhood Workday

On Saturday, August 18, thirteen volunteers worked to clean up vacant lots on High Street near Glenwood Avenue at the Idora Neighborhood Workday. Volunteers from the Four Square Block Watch, Freedom Church, Hope for Renewal/Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and YSU Honors College reclaimed 432 linear feet of sidewalks and removed 30 cubic yards of brush. Read more.

YSU Honors College Cleans Out 1720 Glenwood Avenue

On Saturday, August 25, forty-three volunteers from the YSU Honors College helped to clean out 1720 Glenwood Avenue. The volunteers removed 4 tires and 60 cubic yards of brush and debris from the inside and outside of the property. Read more.

YNDC Seeks Candidates for Multiple Positions


Cubic Yards of Debris Removed

Tires Removed

Linear Feet of Sidewalk Scraped

Community Workdays

Vacant Homes Rehabilitated

New Clients Enrolled in HUD-Approved
Housing Counseling

Homeowners Created

Participants at Safe Routes to School Events

Upcoming Events:
For more information on these and other upcoming events, please check our events calendar!

United Way Day of Caring 8:00am - 3:00pm

CCMV Views & Brews: Revitalizing Youngstown 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Youngstown Farmers Market 10:00am - 3:00pm

Idora Neighborhood Workday 8:30am - 12:30pm

Press Coverage:
Over the past month YNDC was referenced 13 times by various news outlets! Click here to view our press coverage.

First Place Fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Awards YNDC $2,500 for Corridor Improvement Corps

On Friday, August 17, 2018, the First Place Fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley awarded YNDC with a $2,500 grant for Corridor Improvement Corps. The Corridor Improvement Corps is a comprehensive revitalization strategy aimed at improving public health, safety, and quality of life for residents by leveraging AmeriCorps members and community volunteers to complete physical improvements to Youngstown’s neighborhood corridors.  Read more.
Funding Sources:
YNDC is grateful for the generous support from the following organizations:

Core Funders

The Raymond John Wean Foundation

City of Youngstown

Program Investors

Aimee and Lulu Seidel Foundation

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps

AmeriCorps VISTA Project Site

AmeriCorps VISTA Support Grant

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Boardman Rotary

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

CDFI Technical Assistance

Centers for Disease Control, Youth Violence Prevention

Chemical Bank

Citizens Bank

City of Youngstown City Council Discretionary Funds

City of Youngstown, Community Development Block Grant

City of Youngstown, HOME Investment Partnership

City of Youngstown Planning

Clif Bar Family Foundation

CNCS, AmeriCorps VISTA Support Grant

Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley

Cortland Bank

Denise DeBartolo-York

Farmers National Bank

FHLB of Indianapolis Neighborhood Improvement Plan

Fibus Family Foundation

Finance Fund

First Place Community Fund

Florence Simon Beecher Foundation

Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation

Freddie Mac

Home Depot Foundation

Home Savings Charitable Foundation

HUD Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant

Invest Health

J. Ford Crandall Foundation

James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation

John and Denise York Foundation

John D. Finnegan Foundation

John F. and Loretta Hynes Foundation

Kennedy Family Fund

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation

Mahoning County Lead Hazard and Healthy Homes

Mercy Health Foundation

OCDCA Microenterprise Grant

Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

PNC Foundation

Robert H. Reakirt  Foundation

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Schwebel Family Foundation

Senator Maurice and Florence Lipscher Charitable Fund


ShellPoint Partners, LLC

The Huntington Foundation

The Youngstown Foundation

Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

US Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant

US Department of Health and Human Services CED

US Department of Justice Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction

Walter and Caroline Watson Foundation

Ward Beecher Foundation

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Western Reserve Health Foundation

William Swanston Charitable Fund
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