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 Program (NR) 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).
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 Development Program creates opportunities for residents to learn about community development processes, come together to develop neighborhood priorities and plans, and strengthen 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.
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 residents repair and maintain safe affordable homes within the context of bringing the economically-disadvantaged community together to sustain the entire neighborhood.
Recent RENEW Project
During the week of June 15th – 19th Grace United Methodist Church of Naperville, Illinois, brought its Youth Summer Mission Group to Pensacola to work on critical repairs on homes in the Brownsville area. With a 100 skilled volunteers, the group assisted our Neighborhood Revitalization team in repair efforts in the Pensacola area thanks to the help of our new Pensacola Habitat home repair program named RENEW (Rebuild & Energize Neighborhoods by Empowering from Within; see above).
Both Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and the Grace United Methodist Church of Naperville’s Youth Summer Mission Group were excited to embark on this unique partnership that will add longevity to the homes in the Brownsville area. The youth group made repairs to the homes and helped with yard maintenance and any other items that will enhance the homes and the neighborhoods as much as possible.