The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
In mid-2010, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity was chosen along with 162 other Habitat affiliates across the United States to participate in Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, or NRI. NRI is focused on improving housing conditions while partnering with other community organizations to provide services that enhance the overall quality of life across struggling neighborhoods.
“If we are going to help families thrive in healthy neighborhoods, we have to direct some significant efforts into healing America’s troubled communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “These affiliates will work together to develop strategies and create strong networks that can be used to address individual neighborhood issues.”
Since 2011, Lafayette Habitat has focused our work in the McComb/Veazey neighborhood in Lafayette. We have been engaged in a partnership with the McComb/Veazey planning coterie, comprising residents who have spent several years developing a plan to revitalize their neighborhood. They have already begun work on several fronts, including street beautification, historical markers to highlight their rich history and traditions and development of community gardens.
Habitat kicked off the first phase of our partnership in McComb/Veazey the fall of 2012. To date, 15 homes have already been completed with the plan to build another 11 homes over the next two to three years, funded in large part by grants from Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Department of Community Development. Those grant funds will be matched with money from our current Habitat homeowners’ mortgage payments as well as community donations and sponsorships (check out “Give Money” to see how you can help!).
The construction on the Pinhook Pocket Neighborhood is well underway! We broke ground on the first home in the fall of 2015 and continue to see active construction on those lots. The homes feature designs that were developed based on neighborhood input and that include raised foundations, enhanced front porches and architectural details that fit well with other homes in the area.