• New Home Construction • Home Rebuild • Critical Home Repair • Weatherization • A Brush With Kindness •
Habitat for Humanity International has recognized a need in our communities and neighborhoods beyond new home construction. In response to this need, Habitat created the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County (Habitat-SCC) is a proud participating affiliate in the NRI program.
“Habitat’s work extends beyond providing safe, decent and affordable new homes for families in need,” said Dick Taylor, Executive Director. “ All of our efforts are designed to strengthen the community, revitalize neighborhoods and improve the lives of the families we serve.”
In 2009, Habitat for Humanity International announced the formal launch of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The initiative encourages affiliates to serve more families and to create more resilient and sustainable communities by offering a variety of services in addition to new house construction.
“If we are going to help families thrive in healthy neighborhoods, we have to direct some significant efforts into healing America’s troubled communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “These affiliates will work together to develop strategies and create strong networks that can address individual neighborhood issues.”
The Components of Service
NRI will help improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through local community-planning partnerships and by expanding Habitat-SCC’s housing services. This will increase the number of families that we can assist in living in safe, decent, affordable housing. The five (5) components of service are:
- New Home Construction
- Home Rebuild
- Critical Home Repair (Major Repair)
- Weatherization (Minor Repair)
- A Brush With Kindness (Minor Repair)
Habitat-SCC Neighborhood Revitalization Overview
What we do
Habitat-SCC works with low-income homeowners to repair and maintain their homes. Habitat-SCC Neighborhood Revitalization helps ensure families are living in safe and well-maintained homes; keeps homeowners in their homes, protecting their financial investments; and restores homeowners’ dignity and pride of home ownership.
Partnering with a mix of organizations to identify struggling homeowners, Habitat-SCC provides the volunteers and resources to repair their homes. The end result is homes that are safe and well maintained, homeowners who are able to keep their homes, and neighborhoods that are renewed.
How we do it
We accept applications and reach out to cities and community organizations to identify homeowners whose homes are in the greatest need of repair. These tend to be seniors, disabled and single-parent families.
We help homeowners with minor repairs, painting, and other maintenance. This typically includes fixing broken windows and doors, loose siding, rotting soffit and fascia, peeling paint, missing shingles, overgrown landscaping and some major repairs.
We match volunteers and donations to complete the repairs.
Why it matters
This work is important because it…
- Helps ensure families are living in safe and well-maintained homes.
- Keeps homeowners in their homes and protects their financial investments
- Restores the homeowners dignity and pride of home ownership
This kind of homeowner-by-homeowner approach translates into stronger neighborhoods and communities.
Many low-income homeowners live in challenging circumstances which create issues that are beyond what they can handle alone. You may know of a neighbor, parent or grandparent who is struggling to keep their home in a livable condition. Homeowners must often choose between paying for food, medication, taxes, and basic utilities.
When basic family expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of home deterioration and unsafe living conditions. Outside forces also play a role in putting the squeeze on low-income homeowners. Often they are faced with city code violations and homeowner insurance cancellation when their home is in disrepair.
Many of the homeowners we partner with have worked years to maintain their homes and now find themselves in an awkward and sometimes embarrassing position of asking for help. Habitat-SCC Neighborhood Revitalization helps ease wary homeowner concerns by providing home preservation services that are sensitive to homeowner circumstances.
After completing an application process, Habitat-SCC Neighborhood Revitalization provides caring volunteer groups who are willing to come alongside and assist homeowners in completing the necessary work. Able-bodied homeowners work side by side with volunteers in a cooperative effort.
Habitat-SCC Neighborhood Revitalization is about connecting people and restoring homes through simple acts of kindness so that homeowners can once again live in a safe and decent home.