Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization work transforms communities into vibrant, safe places to live for current and future residents.
Neighborhood revitalization embraces an integrated, collaborative approach to community development. Local Habitat for Humanity offices work in coalition with neighborhood residents and partners to address the many elements that contribute to a higher quality of life, including health care, safety and economic development, in addition to housing.
“Neighborhood revitalization is the way of the future and is an essential element of Habitat’s work.”— Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
Why neighborhood revitalization is important
Habitat’s decades of work illustrate that individuals and families thrive when they have a safe and stable home in a safe and stable community. Participating in community development efforts allows us to fully embrace our mission – it’s not just homes we are building, we’re building lasting communities.
Our role in neighborhood revitalization
Neighborhood revitalization is fueled by a vision of strong and empowered residents taking a central leadership role and having the preeminent voice in directing and leading efforts to transform their community. We also work to bring in other neighborhood partners to support these leaders.
Habitat for Humanity is not the architect of neighborhood revitalization in any given neighborhood. Instead, our work is tailored to the aspirations and dreams of residents who take on leadership roles in their neighborhood’s renewal. By ceding the leadership role to residents, while supporting, serving and seeking ways to build capacity, Habitat ensures the work will be sustainable over time without making the neighborhood dependent on just one nonprofit organization.
History of neighborhood revitalization
Habitat's neighborhood revitalization efforts launched in 2010 as a response to the worst economic and housing crisis in decades. Low-income families experienced heavy job losses, leading to increased housing insecurity and seriously deferred home maintenance. Growing numbers of foreclosed and abandoned properties resulted in blighted and demoralized neighborhoods.
Local Habitat offices across the country embraced building communities with new intention and focus. Integrating housing with other community development measures helps us continually work toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
If you’re interested in learning more about neighborhood revitalization, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
You also can contact your local affiliate to see how to get involved with neighborhood revitalization at the local level.