DETROIT – State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) and volunteers will work to secure abandoned structures in the immediate neighborhood of the Hutchinson Leadership Academy, located at 2600 Garland St., on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Academy.Rep. Tinsley-Talabi will be joined by local clergy, community volunteers and student volunteers from Eastern Michigan University.

“Abandoned buildings can be a magnet for crime and trouble unless they are boarded up so that troublemakers can’t set up shop,” said Tinsley-Talabi. “If the owners, banks or the city can’t take care of these properties, then we have to step in and do it for them. Residents and schoolchildren deserve safe neighborhoods, and I am glad that my friends and I can spend a Saturday securing these buildings to make this neighborhood safer.”

WHO: State Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit), local clergy, community volunteers and Eastern Michigan University student volunteers.

WHERE: Hutchinson Leadership Academy, 2600 Garland St.,

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.