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With thousands of vacant properties in the city of Youngstown, making sure the grass gets cut is a big task. One that before Tuesday, the city didn't know who it would fall to. 

The board of directors for United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley approved $3.2 million in funding for the organization’s education initiatives and local nonprofits.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation has been trying to stop what officials say are predatory contracts used in the purchase of city homes. Now Community Legal Aid wants to help by offering free legal services for people presented with such contracts.

Renovation of a four-unit apartment building off Glenwood Avenue is one of several community improvements taking place along the South Side artery, said Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. Executive Director Ian Beniston.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. broke ground Thursday on the renovation of a 90-year-old apartment building in the Glenwood Avenue corridor.