“Neighborhood Revitalization is the way of the future and is an essential element of Habitat’s work. By focusing on entire neighborhoods, we can greatly increase our impact.”
— Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
For homeowners to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) expands Habitat’s traditional partnership with homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors for a far greater impact. While home construction continues to play a vital role, a bigger toolbox that includes repairs and other services allows Habitat to serve more people. NRI starts at the grassroots level — with people in the community determining the goals for their neighborhood.
Habitat Calaveras helps homeowners who wish to improve the area in which they live. The NRI focus is neighborhoods become better places to live, both visually and interactively. Neighbors become close friends as they help each other with home repairs and beautification. NRI is not a single home event; it involves everyone on the street, or the whole neighborhood when possible. Homeowners participate together for all involved homes with sweat equity or support in other ways.
NRI transforms neighborhoods into vibrant, safe and inviting places to live for current and future residents. With NRI, Habitat Calaveras addresses the plight of hardworking neighbors struggling to maintain their homes.
To qualify, applicants must own the home they live in, meet income eligibility, and agree to reimburse Habitat Calaveras for the cost of materials and/or cost of contracted craft people (if needed), or pay off a loan at zero % interest with affordable monthly payments. Monies received from partner homeowners are placed in a revolving Home Repair fund to assist others in need.
Helping people repair and maintain their homes fits Habitats' core mission of providing for decent, affordable housing for low-income homeowners while improving neighborhoods and property values.
We encourage neighbors to hold a local meeting to determine the commitment to partake in a major project such as NRI. A representative of Habitat Calaveras will attend if you would like more information on the NRI program. If the consensus of the meeting members is to work together to build a stronger, more interactive and beautiful community, feel free to contact us to see how Habitat Calaveras can make dreams come true.
(copy credit to: http://www.habitat.org/neighborhood & http://www.habitatcd.org/what-we-build/rehabitat/)