Lafayette Habitat celebrated the building of its 100th home since the organization’s founding in 1992, as well as the
completion of its 4 most recent homes in Lafayette’s McComb/Veazey neighborhood, where the organization is now
engaged in a long-term neighborhood revitalization initiative in partnership with area residents and other community
4 new Habitat homeowners, Habitat staff, volunteers and supporters, members of the McComb/Veazey Planning
Coterie, Lafayette City-Parish Council Member Kenneth Boudreaux, LCG Chief Development Officer Kevin
Blanchard, UL Architecture Professor Geoff Gjertson, Bishop Alton Gatlin of Gethsemane Church of God in Christ
and others will be present to celebrate this momentous achievement.
Since its founding in 1992, Lafayette Habitat has offered over 100 local families a “hand-up” through its partnership housing program. Qualifying low-income families who are living in substandard housing but are prepared to make the transition from renting to ownership commit to work with Habitat to build homes and purchase them via no-interest mortgages, which are then reinvested to build more homes. Thousands of volunteers, donors, and partnerships have enabled LHFH to reach the 100 home milestone, and at this event will celebrate past accomplishments as well as look to the future of revitalization in Lafayette’s core neighborhoods.
LHFH has made a long-term commitment to focused work in Lafayette’s urban core and is currently engaged in a partnership with the McComb/Veazey Neighborhood. The McComb/Veazey Planning Coterie, comprised of residents who have spent the last several years developing and implementing a plan to revitalize their neighborhood, has been working on several fronts, including street beautification, historical markers to highlight their rich history and traditions, and development of community gardens. Over the last 18 months Habitat has completed 11 new homes in McComb/Veazey, and will soon begin construction of a “pocket neighborhood” subdivision near Pinhook and S. Magnolia Street. Habitat will continue to build new in-fill homes in the area and partner with other community development organizations working to bring about positive change.
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