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Bike and Build Day

WHAT:   “Bike and Build Day” event at a City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Project home.

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 24, 9 am to 3 pm. Media interviews at 9:45 am.

WHERE:  38518 5th Street East, Palmdale  (on the corner of Q-5.) 


WHO:            Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford; Palmdale City Councilmembers; VanRay Murphy, Bike and Build Construction director; Bike and Build cyclists; Palmdale Neighborhood Preservation Manager Mike Miller; Youth Build CEO Rossie Johnson; YouthBuild staff and students; Paving the Way Foundation members; project sponsors.


WHY:    Bike and Build cyclists will join Youth Build in working on a new rehab project in Palmdale’s Focus Neighborhood #3. Work to be done includes  deconstruction of exterior walls, drywall, exterior painting, removal of electrical wiring and plumbing. In June, a “door smashing” event was held to signal the beginning of a new project where the City of Palmdale approved an Owner Participation Agreement that provided funding for Paving the Way Foundation to acquire the property as a construction/rehabilitation project for AV Youth Build. With the assistance of several supporters, including Home Depot, the students have been renovating the property.  When completed (approximately December 2012), the property will be used as affordable student housing for students 18 and older who are enrolled in Youth Build and working to receive their high school diploma.



        Bike & Build is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization that works with young adults to produce cross-country fundraising cycling trips, open to participants ages 18 to 25. The proceeds from the events are disbursed to affordable housing organizations to underwrite projects chiefly planned and executed by young adults in this age group.

        Palmdale is one of the stop on their “Maine to Santa Barbara 2011” bike trip. For details on the trip, visit

        The City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Program was developed by the Housing Division of the Economic Development Department to improve homes where low- to moderate- income families live in specifically targeted areas. The Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) selects targeted areas to assist low- to moderate-income families to rehabilitate their homes. Qualified residents living in a focus neighborhood can receive grants for exterior paint, landscape improvements, tool loan vouchers and trash dumpster service. Homeowners may also receive rehabilitation funds through the Home Conservation Loan Program.

        As part of the NIP and to improve the appearance of the neighborhood, the Public Works Program Management Division repairs existing public improvements, and in some cases provides new public improvements such as sewers, curbs, driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.

        Youth Build is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In Youth Build programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.

        Paving the Way Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation for charitable purposes only.  Specifically the corporation is to aid in the development of at-risk youth, homeless, elderly, disabled persons and recovering alcoholic addicts.  Paving the Way believes that living skills enhancement, including resume development, and job and interviewing techniques are all of paramount importance to the success of anyone seeking to maintain sobriety and soundness of mind.  The Bike and Build team rode their bicycles from Boston to Santa Barbara recently and helped build low-income housing along the way. In 2008 and 2009, a Bike and Build team performed work on the City’s Neighborhood House 2.

INFO:           For more information, please call Rossie Johnson 661/317-8310.



August 16, 2011 - Posted by | palmdale fun, palmdale news, palmdale press

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