Louisville Habitat selected for revitalization initiative

In an effort to encourage the expansion of services and reach more families in need of decent, affordable housing at the local level, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville announced that it has been selected as one of 163 affiliates to participate in Habitat for Humanity International’s initial phase of its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The program will focus on improving housing conditions while partnering with other community organizations to provide services that enhance the overall quality of life across struggling neighborhoods.

“Louisville Habitat is very excited to be a part of this new initiative. We believe great homes make good building blocks for families and communities, especially when they’re coupled with strong relationships and healthy neighborhoods,” Rob Locke, the group’s executive director, said in a news release. “Habitat International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative will provide training and resources to help us measure success and build communities where everyone can live and grow into all that God intends.”

Since 1985, the non-profit Christian housing ministry group has been dedicated to creating better neighborhoods in the city and has built or rehabbed 335 homes.

The new resources first phase involves training and guidance on how to revitalize communities through a variety of housing solutions and community development efforts.

From there, Louisville Habitat says it will work with other community organizations to determine the projects to be carried out locally. Those services may include new house construction, rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties, house repairs for low-income homeowners, and weatherization to make houses more energy-efficient and affordable.

“If we’re going to help families thrive in healthy neighborhoods, we have to direct some significant efforts into healing America’s troubled communities,” Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said in a press release. “These affiliates will work together to develop strategies and create strong networks that can address individual neighborhood issues.”

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