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Neighborhood Revitalization and Home Preservation

Neighborhood Revitalization: The housing need in Wake County

The housing need in Wake county is significant, and growing. Roughly one in six Americans is currently in need of a decent, affordable place to live. Wake County’s picture is equally dramatic. 28,000 Wake County families are in need of an affordable place to call home.

Our nationwide economic crisis is creating additional difficulties for entire communities as they face not only foreclosures, abandonment, and home-maintenance issues, but also a variety of problems that surfaces as a result: a need for jobs, credit issues, crime, etc. In short, families and communities are suffering.

Neighborhood revitalization helps fulfill Habitat’s mission.

Habitat Wake has an important role in neighborhood revitalization efforts.  We know the needs of our community and the transformative effect that safe, decent housing can have on a family.  We also know that just one decent home in a blighted neighborhood – while a good start – is not the only help the community needs.  Neighborhood Revitalization is our effort to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach – joining residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments, and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization.

Youth Involvement with Neighborhood Revitalization

You’re never too young to make your voice heard! Habitat Wake’s Youth Leadership Program invites motivated, engaged children of Partner Families to become leaders advocating and engaging in community change. Through structured workshops and activities, the Youth Leadership Program will focus on leadership, civic engagement, advocacy and professional growth. Program participants meet up to two times a month.

To register, contact Alicia Lindsey at 919.744.2427 or En’Janet Joseph at 919.744.2411.

Neighborhood Revitalization: A community solution for our community’s needs

Through Neighborhood Revitalization , our work is tailored to meet each neighborhood’s specific needs. An array of housing services can be tapped to help transform communities in need, such as:

  • New, energy-efficient house construction
  • Rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties
  • House repairs for existing low-income homeowners through Home Preservation (To apply, click here. For instructions on the application, click here.)

Habitat Wake is just one part of a community-wide solution; collaboration with other groups is an essential ingredient of working with residents and other significant stakeholders in the community to develop a common plan of recovery and vision for the future.

  • Forging both formal and informal partnerships
  • Joining or forming community coalitions
  • Rallying active neighborhood support

Together, Habitat for Humanity, neighborhood residents and local partners can change the face of neighborhoods and the lives of families who live there – forever.

Neighborhood Revitalization in Raleigh’s Long Acres Neighborhood

Habitat Wake and the City of Raleigh Community Development Department are working together to create permanent and positive change for the Long Acres neighborhood in Raleigh. We hope to serve as a catalyst for change – working with neighbors, community organizations, local businesses, the City of Raleigh, faith groups, and concerned citizens – making the neighborhood and our community a better place to live. Already, our collaborative efforts have led to the removal of dilapidated housing, new and rehabbed construction, free exterior repairs, increased resident leadership, decreased crime, a partner-developed monthly food delivery program, and computer lab in a local church to provide education and employment services.

Neighborhood Revitalization in Wake Forest

More than 30 years ago, Habitat built its first homes in the Northeast end of Wake Forest. In 2012, they were invited back to partner in the community by church leaders already working in the Northeast End. Habitat has partnered with community residents, organizations, churches, local business and the Town of Wake Forest to identify needs and priorities to improve the neighborhood.   This collaborative effort has led to the building of new construction, exterior home and roof repairs, and has increased resident engagement and leadership. The Northeast End has been selected as the 2015-2016 ReSpace project location which will provide a pavilion (outdoor gathering space) for the “Hope House” which provides a vast amount of services for community youth and elders.

Current Revitalization Partners:

  • Long Acres Neighborhood
  • City of Raleigh
    • Community Development Dept
    • Community Services Dept
    • Information Technology Dept
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Inspections Dept
    • Police Dept

For more information about the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, contact En’Janet Joseph at enjanet.joseph@habitatwake.org, or 919-744-2411.