Clarion-Ledger: In this west Jackson neighborhood, blight doesn't erase hope

Two nonprofits — Revitalize Mississippi and the Rosemont Community Land Trust —have partnered to address rundown properties near Denver’s school.

Last year, the groups held a public demolition across from Lake Elementary, flattening two houses.

“There’s so much blight, I’d love to see a bulldozer come knock it down, clear out everything,” said Stacey Donaldson, the director of the Rosemont Community Land Trust. “I would love to see all of those houses knocked down, but you’ve got to have something to come back up as well.

True revitalization is more of a marathon than a blitzkrieg.

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Find it in Fondren: "Big Impacts: Revitalize Mississippi’s Andy Frame"

“We’re trying to flip the pancake.”

It’s a phrase Andy Frame, executive director of Revitalize Mississippi, has borrowed from the non-profit’s founder, Jim Johnston.

Frame explains, “There’s a negative perception of the city of Jackson because there are so many houses and properties that have been vacant and abandoned for years. If a house burns down and it isn’t cleaned up right away, then the houses around it are abandoned pretty quickly. It spreads like a cancer; it’s contagious.”

Read more at Find it in Fondren

Yes Magazine: "After Centuries of Housing Racism, a Southern City Gets Innovative"

"Working solely with donors, nonprofit organization Revitalize Mississippi raised $150,000 in private donations for Rosemont Human Services Inc. to form a community land trust. Revitalize Mississippi plans to donate demolition and lot cleanup services to a target neighborhood, while Rosemont CLT Inc. will use its seed money during the startup and planning phases. Revitalize Mississippi Director Andy Frame said the CLT model has a proven track record, however long the startup process takes." Read more at Yes Magazine

Press Release for RHS Press Conference, Demolitions, and Community Meeting

Rosemont Human Services and Rosemont M.B. Church
3930 Officer Thomas Catchings Dr.

For Immediate Release:  Monday, November 13, 2017

Contact:  Stacey Donaldson   
(601) 951-7580

***MEDIA ADVISORY: Rosemont Human Services, Inc., a Mississippi nonprofit corporation, to hold press conference and community meeting in conjunction with demolition of two blighted neighborhood houses at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017.***

Rosemont Human Services will hold a press conference announcing the formation of a Community Land Trust, prior to the demolition of two dilapidated houses in the community. 

The demolitions, donated by Revitalize Mississippi, will take place at 102 Lindsey Dr. and 4301 Officer Thomas Catchings Dr., directly across from Lake Elementary School. 

After the demolitions, RHS will host a community meeting to discuss how the Rosemont Community Land Trust will work to revitalize the neighborhood and provide newly remodeled affordable housing to the community. 

Lunch will be provided for free during the meeting to anyone who would like to attend. 

All media outlets are invited to attend.

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have swept the country as tools for neighborhood revitalization due to their fair and resilient approach to neighborhood development. CLTs act as community-owned and community-operated stewards of the land. CLTs preserve affordability perpetually while helping CLT homeowners build wealth in a stable home environment. 

Rosemont plans to develop the Rosemont CLT throughout the neighborhood surrounding the Rosemont M.B. Church. While the Rosemont CLT is in its startup phase, Revitalize Mississippi, Inc., a Mississippi nonprofit corporation, will donate its lot cleanup and demolition services to Rosemont to assist the community in eliminating blight in the area. 

Mother's Day

Lola was our first applicant for demolition of 2 houses next to her home. As it turns out, the work was done on May 14 (Mother’s Day). She has greatly enhanced her living environment.

WLOX: Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Community Improvement and the battle against blight


JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new administration; a new commitment to addressing Jackson’s blight problem; Three On Your Side investigates ways to help you take back our neighborhoods.

“I’m grateful for you, you all come out over and over again and I do believe that you all played a major role,” said Terry Byrd.

Click here to watch the video and read the article.

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Secretary of State and Revitalize Mississippi Partner to Eliminate Blight

JACKSON — The Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Jim Johnston, founder of the nonprofit organization Revitalize Mississippi, announced their partnership to eliminate blight in the City of Jackson this morning.

Johnston and Hosemann stood with Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and several city council members at 3120 Sears St. on a lot where a blighted property once stood. Behind them, another dilapidated house, which the State owned before neighbors purchased it, stood waiting to be demolished.