Learning from Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization work: ORS Impact report

In 2018, Habitat began a five-year initiative to evaluate how neighborhoods change and how equity is considered in our work. We selected 10 diverse, low-income neighborhoods across the U.S. and partnered with residents to apply and learn from approaches and strategies that lead to systemic and sustainable neighborhood change.

Relying on a range of sources — including broad resident surveys, focus groups and interviews — ORS Impact, an external evaluation firm, examined enabling factors to neighborhood change, racial equity and inclusion, and how neighborhood revitalization efforts contributed to quality-of-life improvements across the 10 neighborhoods.

ORS Impact released their findings in a report titled “Improving Quality of Life Across Neighborhoods.” Read our summary outlining the learnings from the report and their implications for Habitat’s work moving forward. You can also access the full report here.

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  • A man works with a young child to rake leaves into a bag at their neighborhood clean-up.

    Neighborhood revitalization is a long-term, holistic strategy that supports residents to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities. Habitat takes a local and community-based approach to neighborhood revitalization to ensure that our work is driven by those with lived experience.

  • Woman in a bright yellow vest cleaning up her neighborhood smiles to someone off camera.

    From building local parks to scaling homebuilding to opening community gardens, discover how residents and affiliates are using Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization approach to drive change in their communities.