Volunteers with the Warrenton Police Department, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity and James Madison University teamed up for a cleanup of Haiti Street over the weekend. Photo courtesy Warrenton Police Department
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has launched a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in the historic Haiti Street neighborhood.
The effort is aimed at addressing “quality of life issues as well as housing concerns,” the organization announced in a news release.
“The community plan will be resident-driven rather than organizationally driven,” Fauquier Habitat Executive Director Paul Linz said in a statement. “Therefore, we started this project by surveying Haiti Street residents to find out what they liked about their community and what changes they would like to see.”
In addition to local residents, Fauquier Habitat has invited businesses, organizations and government officials to participate in the coalition with the goal of creating an action plan, approved by the residents, to help revitalize the street, according to the news release.
Fauquier Habitat is building two new homes in the Haiti Street neighborhood this year, the group said.
Spring has just arrived and we already have a bunch of fun events for you. Here’s a sampling thus far. More information about these events will be posted here and on our Facebook page. Or, feel free to call the office.
March 25 – Haiti Street Neighborhood Clean-Up
April 8 – Navarrete Home Dedication Ceremony
21 – Women Build Trivia Night
22 – Home & Garden Show
27 – Greystone Day of Service
29 – PATH Let’s Volunteer Day!
May Rappahannock Build Begins
2 – Give Local Piedmont Day
20 – Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival
27 – ReStore Sale
27-28 – Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Fauquier Habitat, along with community leaders, supporters, homeowner families and friends, will be celebrating the completion of construction on our “Blitz Build” home at a dedication ceremony in Warrenton on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Warrenton, Va.– The best way for families to thrive is to be in a thriving neighborhood—and the greatest asset in any community is its residents.
With this in mind, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has initiated a Neighborhood Revitalization project in the historic Haiti Street neighborhood. NRI addresses quality of life issues as well as housing concerns.
“The community plan will be resident-driven rather than organizationally driven,” Fauquier Habitat Executive Director Paul Linz commented. “Therefore, we started this project by surveying Haiti Street residents about what they liked and what they didn’t like about their community.”
In addition to local residents, Fauquier Habitat has invited businesses, organizations and government officials to participate in the coalition with the goal of creating an action plan, approved by the residents, to help revitalize the street.
The Haiti Street neighborhood was a natural choice for Fauquier Habitat’s initial NRI project as two new Habitat homes are being built there this year.
Heading up the initiative is new Fauquier Habitat staff member Mary Correia. “My priority for the next few months is really getting to know the residents of the Haiti Street community, learning what their vision of their neighborhood is, and how we might assist them in making their hopes a reality.”
One of the first steps is a neighborhood Spring Clean-Up Day being held on March 25 which will give residents an opportunity to set out unusable items from their homes and yards for pick up and disposal. Additional beautification and home repair projects will be developed as the initiative continues.
Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) was born out of a desire to serve more families and have a greater impact on the communities Habitat affiliates serve. Affiliates offering NRI can affect more change through community development and additional housing solutions such as critical home repair, home rehabilitation and home weatherization.
Fauquier Habitat is pleased to welcome, Mary Correia to the organization.
Mary joins Fauquier Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, bringing a wide-ranging background in community and economic development programs. With a deep personal commitment to engaging in work that helps strengthen communities, Mary spent her early career working in her hometown of Trenton, NJ, in community mental health and substance abuse treatment with a focus in opioid addiction. Mary later transitioned her passion for community health to state economic development and disaster recovery programs.
Mary has spent the past two years in the D.C. Metro corporate sector as a Deputy Project Director, providing financial and administrative oversight for several Community and Planning Development grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development focusing on homelessness, neighborhood stabilization and affordable housing programs, among others. Having recently relocated to Fauquier County, she is eager and excited to become an involved member of her new community.
Our wonderful volunteers continue their labor of love. Today they are finishing up the trim and door installation. Support these wonderful guys: Dave Meadows, Fred Koozer, Don Cruikshank, Darrell Friend, Jim Hottle, and drinking coffee in the background our (usually) hard working Construction Manager Tony Toth, by signing up to take a shift or delivering a great lunch to them.
Saturday is Paint Day! There are just a few spot open. Add your name here!