Do you live in a Sears & Roebuck kit home?
April 9, 2010 – 3:51 am | 7 Comments

“My family grew up on the Easthill and I have always loved the structure of homes I rode by on my bike and went trick or treating to on Halloween. But it wasn’t until I was helping my ‘then future husband” purchase a home that I noticed how similar many of the Easthill homes look. In fact, you could say some looked exactly the same? So I went sleuthing…”

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Profile of a Low-income Household in Our Neighborhood
February 15, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

Our recently formed “humanKIND Eau Claire” project, as part of our Neighborhood Association, offers this interview of a pair of our Neighbors who are each other’s best friend. They had couch surfed or closet surfed in our area for about 4 years. Now they found an apartment that they can barely afford because it is the kind of unit that if you complained about a code violation the owner would evict

Their perception of Eau Claire is that it takes money to participate; money they don’t have. They feel judged as they walk in the community, let alone when they experiment with being more involved. The bike trails are great. No veterinarian in the larger area will accept payments for needed pet care.

These are lovely folks you don’t ask what their favorite ice cream flavor is or where they like to go out to eat. These are luxuries they haven’t afforded for years.

These are folks who have survived living in a tent for the winter. One was born poor so knows how to pinch pennies; the other, also with a disability, quickly learned. One’s disability has prevented gainful work all that person’s adult life, getting by through scavenging. That person avoids police contact due to non-payment of child support from decades ago. Past law enforcement contacts have resulted is a few months in jail, having had no ability to pay for decades. Imprisonment with such a disability makes it hell. Yes, Eau Claire does have a “debtor’s prison”.

These folks find ways to be helpful to the community as best they can. However, they feel judged and/or ignored. They have fallen through many “cracks”. They’d welcome a smile and a welcoming hello when you see them in the neighborhood.

Fantastic ‘Artist-in-Classroom’ Program at Flynn Elementary
February 15, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment
Fantastic ‘Artist-in-Classroom’ Program at Flynn Elementary

In Fall 2016, an Artist-in-Classroom (AIC) endowed fund was established with the Eau Claire Public School Foundation by two Eastside Hill patrons for Flynn Elementary School. The purpose of the fund is to provide support …

This Winter: The Eastside Hill and Volume One’s WInter After Hours
January 9, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment
This Winter: The Eastside Hill and Volume One’s WInter After Hours

Volume One Magazine has made our Association a generous offer to be one of the sponsors of their January and February Thursday Nights at Boyd Park – called “Winter After Hours.” Along with snow sculptures, …

humanKIND: Building Community and Celebrating Diversity on the Eastside Hill
January 9, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
humanKIND: Building Community and Celebrating Diversity on the Eastside Hill

humanKIND is a new neighborhood group focused on “Building Community and Celebrating Diversity in the Eastside Hill Neighborhood, Eau Claire, WI.” A part of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association, this group will hold monthly meetings …

Action Needed: Margaret Street Speed Limit Concerns
January 9, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment
Action Needed: Margaret Street Speed Limit Concerns

UPDATE 1-11-17
The City Council has delayed any decision about Margaret Street speed limit. At their business meeting on the 10th the Council decided to get more information. Therefore, a hearing and vote by the City …

New Group: Friends of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association
January 9, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

Our Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association is giving you an opportunity to give some volunteer time to our projects. Share our work and our fun. As we become more active we want to keep our Steering …