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Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Gets Statewide Award - The Vindicator

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation has been named the community development corporation of the year by the Ohio Community Development Corporations Association.

The award was announced Friday at the association’s 2014 Member Awards during its 30th-annual conference at Crowne Plaza in Dayton where 250 community development leaders from throughout Ohio partook in the celebration.

Efforts by the YNDC to restore Idora and other Youngstown neighborhoods were recognized by the CDC. Noted were the strategies used to curb population decline, improve neighborhood safety and increase community pride.

Other initiatives the YNDC took on include the Iron Roots Urban Farm, a 1.7-acre urban agriculture facility, the rehabilitation of 25 homes in 2014, the increased use of the Community Loan Fund — 19 mortgages for low-to-moderate income households were provided ­— and the YNDC’s certification as a housing counselling agency.

A list of other initiatives taken on by the YNDC were also recognized.

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