29 May, 2016
Reclaiming Hope

RECLAIMING HOPE | Hope is the starting point for Urban Homeworks, the force that brings together low-income families, young professionals, job skill trainees, and volunteers from all walks of life into an exchange that restores homes and creates a space for neighbors to engage.

On April 1st, 120 families will be getting the bulletin. Two beautiful, historic, meticulously restored 2-bedroom units with a direct view to downtown will be open for applications. 120 households vying for 2 opportunities.

Statistics show that the average MN family will have been waiting and struggling for anywhere between 2-12 years to see some sign of hope. And while the impact of this home may seem small, compared to the need, there is reason to be encouraged. We know that 86% of the hired work to restore it was completed by local, minority contractors and subcontractors…so it represents jobs; we know that over 100 volunteers came together to bring it back to life…so it represents community; and we know that each of the kids that will be looking out the windows to watch that school bus drive by will represent 30 other classmates benefitting from their stability...so it represents achievement, peace, and belonging.

The entire block will see each property value rise an average of $7,627 simply because this one home is no longer vacant – but, more importantly, neighbors are likely to see the two families living in this home emerge as the most relationally connected, the most civically engaged, and the most personally invested renters in their POD because of our community engagement efforts.

On Thursday, we closed our last application window for two 1-bedroom apartments and two 2-bedroom apartments. 31 applications were submitted representing 72 individuals. In two weeks, four more households will be moving into their new homes. While, in so many ways, redemptive development has already taken place during renovation, we’ll soon see the fruits of stability emerge in the lives of these four families, and the entire neighborhood.

Do NOT miss some of the before/almost-after shots of this incredible historic home – WARNING: You may experience house envy.  

Click HERE for the album. 


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