Neighborhood revitalization

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

What is the goal of neighborhood revitalization? 

The ultimate goal of neighborhood revitalization is to improve quality of life, which is defined as a sense of well being and happiness experienced by individuals, groups and communities. Habitat’s goal is to have 10 measurably improved neighborhoods by 2021. 

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.

Donate to revitalize neighborhoods

Help your community thrive by supporting Habitat's neighborhood revitalization program.

How do neighborhoods revitalize

To achieve our goals, Habitat has created the Quality of Life framework to describe how systemic and sustainable change happens in a neighborhood while working with residents and other partners. 

Learn more about the importance of healthy neighborhoods and Habitat's Quality of Life Framework

Habitat's 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.

Learn more about Habitat's role in neighborhood revitalization

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.

More information

Learn more about our neighborhood revitalization work in our 2017 Annual Report

If you’re interested in learning more about neighborhood revitalization, email nr@habitat.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.

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