Neighborhood Revitalization

Habitat is breathing new life into Phoenix neighborhoods.

What is Neighborhood Revitalization?

Neighborhood Revitalization if a partnership with a targeted community to address a variety of Social Determinants of Health to help stabilize communities and bring sustainable practices to residents. Neighborhood Revitalization take a wholistic approach in helping a community address a variety of issues affecting their neighborhoods. We partner with residents, other nonprofits, community associations and municipalities to understand and address major needs identified by residents.

 

What makes a healthy community?

When we think of a healthy community we all have specific images and ideas that come to mind. There are several contributing factors the make up a healthy community and in order for a person or family to be successful and resilient they need a safe and secure place to live. In our opinion, a healthy, safe and affordable home is the foundation for success. Along with a safe home there is a need for a secure community that provides the basic needs for its residents. Those needs include access to quality affordable food, educational and financial opportunities, access to reliable transportation and healthcare, parks to interact socially and participate in healthy activity. Just to name a few components of a healthy community.

How we partner with a community

Habitat for Humanity had adopted a very specific approach to partnering with a community that begins with extensive research of the community. This includes reviewing census tracks to verify income limits, populations, demographics and percentage of homeowners in the targeted neighborhood. We then conduct a windshield survey with our construction team to do a mapping of the visual needs. This includes making notes of the empty lots, home that would benefit from a total reconstruct and obvious needs for repairs like roofs, windows, facia and paint. Once we have that information we calculate the total cost for all repairs in the community. We then we start our community outreach to begin building relationships the residents, leadership, community organizations and local nonprofits to understand the needs of the community prior to offering services.

Central City South: a community in need

We are currently working in four targeted neighborhoods that are part of the Central City South Community located just south of Downtown Phoenix, between Grant St to the river bed South of the I17 and form the 51 freeway and the I17 freeway. This community is a long-established community with many multi-generational families still living in the homes their parents and grandparents lived in. Residents of the community have referred to this community as the “the neighborhood that time forgot”. The residents of the community witnessed the transformative development, investment and added infrastructure to Downtown Phoenix making the destination it is today and watched it stop just a few blocks north of their community. The average income for a family in these neighborhoods is less than $20K per year, the entire community falls below the poverty live.

Community Interaction Quality of Life

Through our interaction with the residents and local nonprofits we found a well-organized group of residents with established and active neighborhood associations. The resident created a vison of what they would like to see of their community the culminated in the development of their own Quality of Life Plan outlining and defining the needs of the residents and ways they can be address. This includes plans to improve infrastructure like repairing streets, getting sidewalks, adding and replacing street lights and addressing the city owned lots. They also address the need for increasing social cohesion but creating more community assessable areas and hosting more events. Habitat was invited to lend our expertise in hosing to give suggestions for the empty lots and major need for home repairs. We refer to the Quality of Life Plan often when developing new projects to ensure we are addressing and contributing to the needs of the community.

Outcomes and Results: GCU results, Victory Acres impact and neighborhood association, Grant Park Community Garden

We have had the pleasure of introducing our Neighborhood Revitalization program to several communities over the past 4 years and we have seen some amazing transformations.  One of our most notable projects is in partnership with Grand Canyon University to revitalize the 4 neighborhoods around the campus at 35th Ave and Camelback. To date we have completed repairs to over 200 homes and partnered with neighborhood associations to do neighborhood clean up’s and have invested more than one million dollars into the community. Through the combined efforts of GCU and Habitat the community has seen a drastic drop in crime and the residents have seen their community revitalized. In the Tempe Neighborhood of Victory Acres, we have completed repairs on over 100 repairs including repairs for 2 of the World War II veterans that still live in the neighborhood. We have also help residents establish the neighborhoods first Neighborhood Association. Through the association the residents have been able to voice their concerns about their local park and through partnerships with the City of Tempe and the Tempe Police department they were able to make some major changes that reduced the number of homeless and reduced the crime rate for the community. They are currently in the process of applying for their first neighborhood grant to place identifying markers (sign toppers) throughout their community and are working of creating new programs for their community. This is all possible because of the generous partnerships Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is able to establish that allows us the opportunity to partner with a community and bring much needed Neighborhood Revitalization.

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Phoenix Office
(602) 268-9022
115 E. Watkins St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Peoria Office
(623) 583-2417
9133 NW Grand Ave., Suite 1
Peoria, AZ 85345