Summer Project

2023 Summer Project



What is the Summer Project?

South Allison Hill is one of Harrisburg’s most neglected and deteriorating neighborhoods with over half the population living in poverty.  It has been neglected for years and is in dire need of reinvestment of funds, resources, and time to create a suitable living environment for the people of Allison Hill.  Our Summer Project was birthed out of our desire to serve our residents by preventing & eliminating slums and helping provide safer and sanitary living conditions as well as reduce crime opportunity areas. Every summer an army of hope-filled volunteers flood the streets of our beloved neighborhood, Allison Hill.  We do this through removing litter & dump sites, basic landscaping including planter boxes & weed prevention, and minor exterior home repairs.  

The Vision for our 2023 Summer Project
(June 4th-July 15th):

Our goal for 2023 is to remove a projected 250,000 pounds of trash in a 21
block area of Allison Hill (From 17th St. to 19th St. between Market St. & Derry St.) board up
abandoned buildings and put up fencing to prevent further illegal dumping of materials and drug/
criminal activity, clean up the sidewalks & mulch them, repair 5 porches, and serve a total of
approximately 230 homes (575-1150 people) through all of these activities. This will be year 7 of a 10-year plan to clean up all of Allison Hill by August of 2026 (see map). This will happen June 4th-July 15th,2023, and maintained throughout the year(s).

Our efforts over the last 6 years include:

  • Mobilizing 3,683 volunteers
  • Servicing 1,836 properties
  • Repairing 18 porches 
  • Removing 2,394,875 pounds of trash
  • Installing 278 planter boxes
  • Boarding up 118 abandoned structures
  • Establishing 3 community gardens as part of our lot reclamation efforts
  • Recovering an abandoned street full of trash and debris