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SSCO provides a respectful forum for community involvement and leadership that builds on neighborhood strengths to promote and improve Stevens Square-Loring Heights as a fun place to live, work, and play. SSCO works to strengthen Stevens Square-Loring Heights by initiating, integrating, and implementing key priorities: Economic development (housing and development) Community safety Clean green environment Building community through the arts Community involvement
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit, citizen participation organization serving the Stevens Square-Loring Heights (SS-LH) neighborhood. SS-LH, located just south of downtown Minneapolis, is bounded by Interstate 94 to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, Franklin Avenue to the south, and Lyndale Avenue to the west. SSCO serves SS-LH by addressing the issues that make the neighborhood livable: safety, convenience to services, cultural activities, neighborhood attachment, affordable and decent housing, and more. SSCO uses a community-organizing model to involve neighborhood residents in the decisions that impact their neighborhood, and is governed by an 18-member, all-volunteer, community-elected Board of Directors. SSCO staff includes a full-time executive director (responsible for housing and commercial development and arts programs, in addition to administrative/executive responsibilities), and a full-time Community Organizer (responsible for community safety and outreach activities). SSCO brings on part-time organizers and interns during the spring/summer season to assist in the implementation of arts and gardening activities.
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