Coldstream Homestead Montebello Safety Lighting Project

The HNI/CHM resident-led public safety lighting project of Spring 2024 has made a significant impact on the safety and well-being of the community, specifically addressing areas that were previously associated with illicit activities. The cleared lots at Harford Road and 32nd Street, Jennifer Avenue & 30th Street, and Hillen Road and 31st Street have been transformed through the installation of much-needed lighting, providing residents with an additional sense of security.


Maraizu Oyenaka and Linda Dale-Stewart, both CHM residents, played pivotal roles in spearheading this initiative. Their dedication and leadership have not only illuminated these once problematic areas but also showcased the effectiveness of community-led projects supported by HNI. This grant-supported effort has far-reaching implications for the overall safety and livability of the neighborhood. By focusing on targeted locations known for illicit activities, the project has not only mitigated potential risks but has also fostered a greater sense of community ownership. The success of the lighting project underscores the importance of empowering residents to take an active role in enhancing their surroundings. HNI's support has not only provided a physical solution in the form of improved lighting but has also contributed to building social cohesion and trust among community members.


The outcomes of the HNI/CHM public safety lighting project highlight the tangible benefits of investing in community-led initiatives. The project not only addresses immediate safety concerns but also contributes to the overall revitalization of these spaces, fostering an environment where residents feel safer and more connected. As we reflect on the impact of this grant, it becomes evident that supporting resident-led projects is a strategic and impactful way to create lasting positive change within communities, aligning with HNI's commitment to enhancing the well-being of the neighborhoods it serves.

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