Habitat Omaha’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) program is a multi-faceted, block-by-block community development model that unites all of Habitat Omaha’s programs (new home construction, renovations, critical home repairs, beautification projects and demolitions) with data collection and coalition building for more significant neighborhood transformation. As building programs are implemented within a focus area, the NR team works to strengthen the neighborhood association, provide referrals to address other community needs and bring people together through special events and beautification projects, like Rock the Block.
Rock the Block
Rock the Block events help transform the face of a block in just one day. Building on our mission to reconnect the community, Rock the Block is all about neighbors helping neighbors. During each day-long event, dozens of volunteers converge on a block to help with the transformation through a variety of beautification and exterior repair projects. Through these projects we aim to inspire people to become active participants in their neighborhoods.
Types of Projects:
- Light Landscaping
- Brush Removal
- Minor Exterior Repairs…and more!
To learn more about volunteering during an upcoming Rock the Block, contact Jenny Schroeder, Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 884-5782.
Neighborhood Revitalization Focus Areas
Additionally, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association has flourished with increased membership, including Habitat Omaha Homeowners, a better relationship with the city and new strategic initiatives that include collaboration, engagement of members and addresses community concerns like graffiti.
Over the past three years, we have torn down 26 condemned houses, built or renovated 46 homes, provided 55 repairs/beautification projects and helped to revive the neighborhood association. More than 20,000 community volunteers joined future Habitat Omaha homeowners to build homes, break-down social barriers and dispel myths and stereotypes about North Omaha. Passionate neighbors became involved to welcome people to their community and work together to find solutions to address challenges.
Miller Park/Minne Lusa