Habitat’s neighborhood-based leadership training work is rooted in an Asset Based Community Development approach, empowering residents with the skills they need to affect change within their community at the neighborhood level. Residents identify revitalization goals, empower resident leadership, write an action plan, and advocate for sustainable, long-term change in communities.
Neighborhood Revitalization started as an initiative by Habitat for Humanity International in 2010 to serve more families holistically through building communities. Habitat’s decades of work have shown us that individuals and families thrive when they have a safe and stable home in a safe and stable community.
In 2021, South Puget Sound Habitat adopted the Neighborhood Revitalization program. In Thurston County, 65% of low-income households spend more than half of their income on housing. The cost burden of housing is compounded by the cost of childcare, food, transportation, health care, and home maintenance.
Through our new Neighborhood Revitalization program, we work more intensively within a neighborhood to meet resident needs and aspirations, ultimately improving the quality of life for not only residents of these neighborhoods, but the county as a whole.