- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham city leaders say they’re moving forward with a program meant to turn struggling neighborhoods into stronger communities.

Mayor William A. Bell and William C. Bell, president and CEO of Seattle-based Casey Family Programs, gave an update on Birmingham’s progress in the Cities of Hope project Tuesday morning.

Program leaders said a Birmingham delegation recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to observe a similar program. They plan to launch the community support project in the city’s Titusville neighborhood and expand to other areas afterward.

Birmingham Department of Community Development Director John Colon says organizers plan to interview neighborhood residents to determine the area’s needs before selecting support services that will need to be implemented. Officials say the goal is to strengthen community services and outreach.

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