West Medford, OR Revitalization

CSEPP principals worked with the West Medford Community Coalition (southern Oregon) in mobilizing residents to improve local conditions. These were low-income residents uncomfortable in public meetings but by working through their communication system, significant progress was made in reducing blight, eliminating drug houses, integrating Latinos into Neighborhood Watch, helping schools be more accommodating of families’ needs, getting renters to become first-time home buyers, the creation of youth programs, and many more. CSEPP implemented an Issue Management program that not only enhanced the ability of local residents to make civic government work for them but also the capacity of the city to recognize and respond to changing social conditions.

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