What is the Neighborhood Revitalization program?
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has identified the need to expand housing services beyond new home construction and to incorporate broader community development projects into its work.
Through continuous outreach and meetings with residents and community leaders, Pensacola Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) program works to identify the greatest revitalization needs within communities.
The NR Program expands Pensacola Habitat’s traditional housing services to include community collaboration for neighborhood enhancement activities (NR Community Pride), Community Development, and repair and renovation of affordable homes (RENEW).
NR Community Pride
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity helps neighborhoods within the city and county to become active and involved by organizing volunteers and other resources to assist with projects that enhance neighborhoods.
The NR Community Pride Program oversees projects such as:
- Vacant lot or public R-O-W clean ups
- Painting homes
- Minor home repairs
- Handicap accessibility accommodations
- Landscaping of public space
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization program creates opportunities for residents to learn about community development processes and come together to develop neighborhood priorities and plans, and develop into more formalized neighborhood associations.
Pensacola Habitat’s NR Coordinator, who is a certified planner, educates, guides, and empowers residents in ways that result in them becoming more involved in local governmental decision making, developing long-term plans and visions for their communities, and pursing resources needed to implement their revitalization needs.
(RENEW) Rebuild & Energize Neighborhoods by Empowering from Within
Pensacola Habitat is currently in the process of facilitating “RENEW,” a collaborative of public, private, and faith-based organizations that will advocate and participate in the preservation of safe, affordable homes within established and supportive communities inside of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
RENEW partners will combine resources and share knowledge to assist low-income residential repair and maintain safe affordable homes within the context of bringing the economically-disadvantaged community together to sustain the entire neighborhood.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity joined the Cantonment Improvement Committee (CIC) and Called to Greatness, a student ministry from Kansas, for a day of service at Carver Park. Together they painted the park’s pavilion, picnic tables, and landscaped around the CIC’s new Community Resource Center, including the planting of a butterfly garden and fruit trees.
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity partnered with Jimmie Jarratt of the Escambia County Environmental Services Department to clean up a portion of the Jones Creek Trail. As part of an ongoing restoration effort, Pensacola Habitat recruited 16 volunteers to help cut back and remove dead branches, clear brush, uproot weeds, rake trails, pick up trash, eliminate invasive plant species, and other basic …
On Wednesday, September 17th, the Camshire Meadows Homeowner’s Association and Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Program staff held a meeting to discuss a variety of issues. There was a great turn out, approximately twenty homeowners attended the meeting. The agenda included financial reporting, amendments to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions & Easements, and ideas about use of …
In September of 2013, Pensacola Habitat partnered with CIC on a large community planning service project that was spearheaded by Ascend Performance Materials and involved a cash donation for materials and up to 20 or more employee volunteers working with local volunteers. The CIC had been trying to find a way to repair a severely damaged private dirt road that …
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity was selected as one of four affiliate jurisdictions chosen annually for a site where a concentrated group of Habitat AmeriCorps/Vista volunteers spend a week building and rehabilitating several new homes for Habitat families. For the Pensacola Build-a-Thon in June of 2013, the volunteers spent the week in the Westside Garden District doing the following activities: 4 …