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Habitat Kicks Off Campaign with Rock the Block Three Year Plan

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Neenah, Wis. – Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity announced today its three year plan solidifying its commitment to Neighborhood Revitalization in the Fox Cities, including a public phase of a $4 million campaign for the plan.

The organization is raising funds for the program’s three-year expansion into 10 neighborhoods throughout the Fox Cities identified as “service priorities”; those most in need of community support to help improve the housing stock and overall quality of
life for its residents. Neighborhoods throughout the Fox Cities were evaluated based on the condition of its residential properties, home ownership rates, proximity to community resources and municipality involvement.

The 10 neighborhoods identified as priority service areas are:

2016 – Neenah, Downtown West Neighborhood (May 2nd – 7th)
Menasha, Jefferson Park East Neighborhood (September 12th – 17th)
Kaukauna, Fassbender Park Neighborhood
Menasha, Abbey Ave North Neighborhood
Neenah, Abbey Ave South Neighborhood
Appleton, Columbus School Neighborhood
Kimberly, New Page Neighborhood
Little Chute, Village Wide Event
Menasha, Friendship Trailhead
Menasha, Jefferson Park West
Neenah, Washington Park

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity will work with those municipalities to identify ways to work together to revitalize the neighborhoods. Neighborhood Revitalization is a holistic approach that expands Habitat’s traditional partnership with new homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations for a far greater impact. Revitalization efforts in each neighborhood will begin with a Rock the Block event but also include new construction, home rehab, home repair and additional community projects throughout the year. Habitat has already raised $1.9 million of its $4 million goal.

“What Habitat for Humanity is doing is in line with the values and culture of Community First Credit Union. It makes sense for us to support this initiative. By making these neighborhoods stronger, we’re creating a more vibrant and engaged community of people who feel empowered to help themselves and to help others,” said Cathie Tierney, President and CEO of Community First Credit Union.

Habitat’s first Rock the Block event took place at the site of former Pierce Manufacturing neighborhood in September 2015. In just six days, Habitat engaged some 500 community members who put in more than 2,650 volunteer hours in the Appleton event. Post event, the organization continued with five additional home repair projects and will break ground on their first home of Nienhaus Square, the site of former Pierce Manufacturing, and will continue to build on the 13 property plot for the next three to five years.

“After this three-year plan is complete, Habitat will have served more than 1,600 families by providing safe, decent, affordable housing solutions and engaged more than 10,000 community members in our work,” said John Weyenberg, Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.

Habitat’s mission is to increase access to safe, decent and affordable housing and to create opportunities for low-income families to develop equity and independence through home ownership. Fox Cities Habitat is an innovative leader in diverse housing solutions by empowering families and inspiring community-wide action to break the cycle of poverty. VolDesc_RocktheBlock

For information on Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization efforts and the Rock the Block® events, contact Vaya Kiel, communications specialist, by calling (920) 378-8643 or via email at [email protected]

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