About – Who We Are and What We Do


Allen Neighborhood Center will serve as a hub for capacity building, neighborhood enhancement, and for activities that promote the health, safety, stability, and economic well-being of Eastside residents and other stakeholders.

Our signature projects include:

  • The award-winning Allen Street Farmers Market
  • Urban growing initiatives centered on the Hunter Park GardenHouse
  • Energy efficiency retrofitting through Restoration Works
  • Newly opened Allen Market Place

Read our 2012 Annual Report.

Building Community on the Eastside

Check out our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.

The following short video was directed by Shaemus Kermiet, as part of the Cool Cities Grant and features interviews with ANC staff and board members as well as the GardenHouse and Allen Street Farmers Market.

Lansing Cool Cities

The following short video (9:37) was produced by Guiseppe Getto, an MSU graduate student, and features interviews with ANC staff and board members.

Allen Neighborhood Center on Vimeo.

ANC Programs at a glance:


  • Connection to local resources in support of mortgage assistance, first-time home ownership, local realtors, and home repair resources and services.



  • Allen Farmers Market: A year-round Wednesday market connecting residents with fresh local produce.
  • Hunter Park GardenHouse: The GardenHouse is a year-round urban farm & garden and education facility, located in the Eastside’s Hunter Park.
  • Tuesday BreadBasket: Every Tuesday we have free bread available to Eastside residents from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
  • Youth Programs: Year-round after-school and summer Take Root Garden Club and Youth Service Corps programs for youth in the area interested in nutrition and gardening at the Hunter Park GardenHouse.

Building Community

  • Eastside Neighbor: A quarterly newsletter covering ANC events and neighborhood happenings, distributed free to homes in our service area, businesses along Michigan Avenue, and our mailing list.
  • Wednesday Morning Senior Coffee: Weekly gathering of neighborhood seniors from 10 AM to noon, with presentations by visiting speakers on topics of interest.

Financial Transparency

Copies of ANC’s federal tax returns are available below.

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