Grier Heights Neighborhood Project in Charlotte, North Carolina
Wins Met Life/LISC Community-Police Partnership Award
Grier Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project in Charlotte, North
Carolina, recently was awarded $20,000 by Met Life/LISC for "restoring
a sense of security and order to a troubled neighborhood."
The neighborhood improvement project was recognized for its partnership
with the Charlotte Police Department, the City of Charlotte, and
several other community organizations. The partnership was formed
in an effort to combat longstanding problems in the Grier Heights
neighborhood, including substandard housing, drug activity, crime
and inadequate city services.
According to Met Life, through the impetus of the Grier Heights
partnership, "a local foundation built eight new houses and
rehabbed 10 others, a new park was constructed and an old school
was restored as a community services center."
A HUD-insured project, Grier Park has benefited from, as well as
contributed to, the neighborhood partnership. The HUD project is
the recipient of the New Approach Anti-Drug Grant, which includes
$175,600 for increased law enforcement. Grier Park's contribution
to neighborhood improvement is the operation of a Neighborhood Network
The Grier Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project was one of six
winners, nationwide, out of 430 applicants and the Grier Heights
project won second place.