Focus Area: B Street Corridor
WHAT IS IT?
Neighborhood Revitalization: A community solution for our community’s needs
The housing need in Cumberland County is significant, and growing.
Neighborhood revitalization helps fulfill Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity’s mission.
Neighborhood Revitalization affiliates serve more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships while empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life. In addition to new home construction, Neighborhood Revitalization could include performing critical home repairs, rehabbing existing homes, offering weatherization services, building playgrounds, constructing community centers and helping to launch programs prioritized by residents.
Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) has an important role in neighborhood revitalization efforts. We know the needs of our community and the transformative effect that safe, decent housing can have on a family. We also know that just one decent home in a blighted neighborhood – while a good start – is not the only help the community needs. The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is our effort to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach – joining residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments, and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
NR is a completely collaborative effort spearheaded by the B Street coalition. The coalition includes Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity staff, including a new Neighborhood Revitalization Director; local residents; area churches; the City of Fayetteville’s Parks & Recreation, Community Development, Communications Dept., Police Department and City Council members; and local business leaders and owners.
We successfully forged both formal and informal partnerships
Successfully formed the B Street Coalition
We are actively rallying neighborhood support, ex. Rock the Block
The primary goal is to listen to the residents of B Street, and transform the area with their priorities in mind. We will work with residents and other significant stakeholders in the community to develop a common plan of recovery and vision for the future.
We will also:
Serve more families through an expanded array of housing products.
Demonstrate an improved quality of life in the communities where we serve.
Increase volunteer participation.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
Neighborhood revitalization looks different city to city, state to state, because the aspirations of residents differ from community to community. New construction continues to play a vital role, but other housing solutions, including critical home repair, rehabilitation and weatherization, allow Habitat to serve more families. Because residents’ aspirations drive revitalization, it is not uncommon to see additional partners join the efforts to rebuild playgrounds, form neighborhood watches, offer financial literacy programs or construct community gardens.