Rebuild Springfield http://wamc.org en Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood http://wamc.org/post/nonprofit-organization-sets-10-year-plan-revitalize-neighborhood <p>Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America.&nbsp;&nbsp; The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 87443 at http://wamc.org Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood Worker-owned Upholstery Shop Brings Jobs To Poor Neighborhood http://wamc.org/post/worker-owned-upholstery-shop-brings-jobs-poor-neighborhood <p>A community partnership is promoting an old business model – the worker- owned cooperative – as a way to revitalize the poorest neighborhoods of Springfield, Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> An upholstery shop on the third floor of a century old factory building in Springfield’s South End neighborhood is the first business venture launched by the Wellspring collaborative. &nbsp;Formed in 2011 it is a unique partnership of large local employers such as hospitals and universities, community groups, labor organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86757 at http://wamc.org Worker-owned Upholstery Shop Brings Jobs To Poor Neighborhood Chinese Rail Car Maker Builds Support For Possible Springfield Factory http://wamc.org/post/chinese-rail-car-maker-builds-support-possible-springfield-factory <p>Top executives from a Chinese rail car company who are considering building a $30 million factory in Springfield, Massachusetts got a look today at where their future employees might come from. &nbsp;Springfield Public School officials and workforce development specialists have proposed a program to train workers to meet the company’s needs.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86414 at http://wamc.org Chinese Rail Car Maker Builds Support For Possible Springfield Factory Springfield Gets OK To Spend $13M On Tornado Recovery http://wamc.org/post/springfield-gets-ok-spend-13m-tornado-recovery <p>Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have approved plans by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to spend $13 million on redeveloping an impoverished area of the city damaged by June 1,2011 tornado.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Damaged and blighted buildings will be torn down, streets and sidewalks repaved, new houses built, a park and other public properties improved in Maple High-Six Corners, a low income neighborhood still struggling to recover from the historic 2011 storm.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:29:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 79607 at http://wamc.org Springfield Gets OK To Spend $13M On Tornado Recovery Plan Unveiled For Spending Disaster Recovery Funds http://wamc.org/post/plan-unveiled-spending-disaster-recovery-funds <p>Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have produced a plan for spending millions of dollars in federal disaster recovery funds.&nbsp; It is the latest step in a long road to recovery from the June 1<sup>st</sup>,2011 tornado.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71921 at http://wamc.org Plan Unveiled For Spending Disaster Recovery Funds Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood http://wamc.org/post/volunteers-repair-houses-poor-neighborhood <p>A massive housing renovation project will take place this Saturday in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.&nbsp; A thousand volunteers will pack two contiguous streets &nbsp;in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood and do major repair &nbsp;work on more than two dozen homes..</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Carol Granado is excited about the work planned on her home at 163 Tyler Street that will include a new roof, exterior painting, new bathroom plumbing and three new windows.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 63033 at http://wamc.org Volunteers To Repair Houses In Poor Neighborhood Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery http://wamc.org/post/springfield-awarded-219-million-help-tornado-recovery <p>The&nbsp; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:49:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 60847 at http://wamc.org Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor http://wamc.org/post/city-hall-protest-demands-more-housing-poor <p>Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38048 at http://wamc.org City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor