“Neighborhood Revitalization is not only an element of what we do; it is part of our DNA.”
While many think Habitat for Humanity’s mission is simply to build homes, that isn’t the case. Our organization is also committed to revitalizing neighborhoods within the Greater Lafayette community and encouraging others to do the same.
Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) is a necessary aspect of creating a safe, healthy, inviting and vibrant community. By building relationships and collaborating with the residents of a neighborhood, our goal is to improve the overall quality of life within that community by bolstering and leveraging resources. NR defines ‘Quality of Life’ as a sense of well-being and happiness experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities. Habitat’s decades of work indicate that individuals and families thrive when they have a safe and stable home in a safe and stable community. It’s not just homes we are building, but we are building lives and lasting communities. Habitat President Doug Taylor says that “After many years, when you go home, it is not just about returning to a house – it is more about the community, the neighborhood that you call Home.”
NR is fueled by a vision of residents taking a central leadership role and having the preeminent voice in directing and implementing the efforts that transform their community. We also work to bring in other partners to support these leaders and their efforts.
Habitat for Humanity is not the architect of NR in any given neighborhood. Instead our work is tailored to the aspirations and dreams of residents who take on leadership roles in their neighborhood’s renewal. By ceding the leadership role to residents, while supporting, serving and seeking ways to build capacity, Habitat ensures the work will be sustainable over time without making the neighborhood dependent on just one nonprofit or any singular organization.
Integrating housing with an array of NR and community development strategies, we continually work toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.