Habitat for Humanity of Kent County launches new approach rebuilding neighborhoods
Patrick Center October 1, 2013 | WGVU A turn-of-the century home is gutted down to the studs.
“And we’ll build it back out and see essentially a new house.”
Here along the 1000 block of Rathbone SW is where the $5 million Building Blocks campaign begins.
“My name is Philip Zoutendam, I am the communications specialist for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.”
Over the next two years the Building Blocks campaign will touch 200 homes in this west side neighborhood including 18 new builds, 22 rehabs and 160 renovations.
“We’re working with low-income families that are hard-working but are in a position where they wouldn’t normally qualify to have a home of their own.”“The impact that that has on a family, on the children in that family, is unbelievable in how far it reaches. It improves health, it improves schooling.”
It improves the future for individuals. The Building Blocks initiative serves as a multiplier impacting entire neighborhoods.
“Now you’ve got three or four houses on a block that are going to be new and maybe three and four more that are renovated through a Brush with Kindness. That reaches those homeowners that reaches the neighbors that can begin improving their properties and it makes that neighborhood a stable place to live.”
Zoutendam explains that improves the tax base and can attract new businesses, too.
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