26 June, 2016
Rebuilding Neighborhoods

Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.

On April 1st, 120 families got the bulletin. One beautiful, historic, meticulously restored 2-bedroom unit with a direct view to downtown had been restored and was open for applications. 120 households  were 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, we have reason to be encouraged:

  • We know that 82% 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 window to the right to watch that school bus drive by will represent 30 other classmates benefitting from their stability...so it represents achievement, peace, and belonging.

Every house on the entire block will see its 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.

This property is now home to one NAZ family and to a grandmother with regained custody of her grandkids - because of stable housing.  They live in a beautiful, affordable duplex with a stunning downtown view and a community garden across the street.  Your impact is HUGE.  And, here's the deal - there's a house on the corner of the same block that we've been trying to get our hands on.  There are too many like that.  This is where you come in - Support our efforts to reclaim the vacant property 1 block west of this!   

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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  • Amazing! Written by Eileen on Thursday, 05 April 2012 02:37