Warrenton, Virginia, October 21, 2017 — It was an extraordinary day of fellowship as residents of the historic Haiti Street neighborhood–-with added muscle provided by volunteers from across the community—banded together to undertake a thorough end-of-season yard cleanup on Saturday, October 21. After a hard day of work, participants mingled and relaxed at a festive cookout with music and prizes.
The event, made possible by a Make It Happen Grant from the PATH foundation and in partnership with Piedmont Environmental Council, was part of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity’s ongoing Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) efforts which support a resident-driven model for improving the overall quality of life in focus neighborhoods.
“It was incredibly exciting to see the number of residents and community volunteers who turned out to make this event a great success,” said Mary Correia, Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Director. “Most folks know Habitat from their long-standing work in the community building houses but it has taken some time for this new, more holistic model to gain traction. I think Saturday’s turnout is a testament that the message is getting out there and people are really supportive of this work.”
Headquartered on adjacent Horner Street, Piedmont Environmental Council has been a strong community partner in Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization work – engaging with neighbors at community meetings and providing volunteers and logistics support for the clean-up day.
“PEC was happy to participate in this great event and lend a hand, especially as a neighbor to Haiti Street,” said John McCarthy, Senior Advisor & Director of Strategic Partnerships for PEC.
Chris Miller, PEC’s President added, “What was particularly exciting was the energy and commitment of the young people from the neighborhood not only the day of the event but also in the planning that took place over the past few months. They provided real leadership!”
Residents praised the day’s results while chatting with Habitat’s AmeriCorps VISTA member, Dustin Lape.
Kim Ardon-Amaya shared this: “I told them before they left they did a good job. I shared the pictures on Facebook, too. One (from Warrenton Police Department’s Facebook page) had the caption ‘Who broke the clippers?” (alluding to the fervor with which police academy recruits dug into the work). “I think since y’all started working [here] this street has gotten a lot better.”
Robby Payton also complimented the work that was done and expressed his excitement over the raffle prizes. “They did a great job on the bushes and took care of some of my tires, too… I won the top raffle prize!… [A] tool box with a few wrenches and things that I needed”.
Kirsten Dueck, Senior Program Officer from the PATH Foundation perfectly captured the spirt of the day with this statement “The PATH Foundation was proud to support this community-led effort. We know that communities are stronger and healthier when neighbors come together to help each other.”
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, one of more than 1,400 U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to homeownership for working families. Since 1991, volunteers from corporations and community organizations have worked with Fauquier Habitat’s qualified homebuyer families to construct 55 affordable, green, high-quality homes, purchased through no-interest mortgages. The group also engages in multi-year, holistic neighborhood revitalization programs.
Piedmont Environmental Council works with the citizens of our nine-county region to conserve land, create high-quality communities, strengthen rural economies, celebrate historic resources, protect air and water quality, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat, and improve people’s access to nature.
Neighborhood Revitalization Director
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity
To draw attention to the important role that safe, decent and affordable housing plays in eliminating barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is asking you to participate in a World Habitat Day workplace giving campaign throughout the month of October. Proceeds will go to fulfill our mission of creating safe and affordable housing for local residents.
Our programs include Neighborhood Revitalization (a holistic, resident-driven, program to create vibrant, safe and inviting neighborhoods), Critical Home Repair (making homes safe and accessible for low-income and physically challenged families) and New Home Construction (building homes alongside our partner families who, when completed, pay an affordable mortgage).
We hope you will participate and help fund these critical programs!
Here’s how the World Habitat Day campaign works:
- Fauquier Habitat will provide World Habitat Day pinups to participating businesses.
- For a donation of $1 or more, customers and employees can write their names on a pin-up.
- Businesses can craft a signed pinup display in a high traffic area.
- Employers can also motivate employees to support Fauquier Habitat’s work locally, by matching contributions and creating internal incentives.
- Fauquier Habitat will mention all participating businesses and encourage patronage in a press release, on social media and on our website.
- Fauquier Habitat will also recognize the three businesses who collect the most donations.
If you or your business would like to participate or have questions, please contact Rebecca Frye The deadline to sign up to participate is September 28 to ensure we get your kits to you in time!
Our sincere thanks to yo for your support of this critically important mission!
The Fauquier Habitat for Humanity Team
What is World Habitat Day?
On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and other organizations around the world in raising awareness and educating as well as mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the global housing crisis.
A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, success and health that might have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations. As you know, this is why affordable housing is the core of our mission at Habitat.
Did you know?
There is a global need for safe and affordable housing.
• About 1 in 4 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, and opportunity.
• By 2030, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and the number of people living in slums continues to grow.
• Even in the U.S., minimum wage isn’t enough. A full-time employee earning minimum wage cannot afford a one bedroom apartment virtually anywhere in America. Even two such jobs won’t rent a two-bedroom apartment in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
The impact of adequate housing
• Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices.
• Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.
• Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
• Decent shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
• Safe homes and neighborhoods help build social stability and security.
Habitat’s advocacy priorities
• To succeed in eliminating inadequate housing around the world in our lifetime, we must promote smart policies that advance access to adequate, affordable housing.
• An astounding 54 percent of the global population now live in cities, and governments are struggling to meet the housing needs of these rapidly urbanizing populations.
• One in 5 people — 1.6 billion people worldwide — lack access to adequate shelter, and, by 2050, the global urban population rate is expected to rise from 54 percent to 66 percent.
• Seventy-five percent of people lack proper documentation for the land on which they live. Access to land lies at the heart of ending poverty. Without land, there can be no housing, and housing is the key to stability and opportunity.
• The foundational nature of access to land presents a substantial opportunity: Strengthening and enforcing access to land will help achieve myriad other development goals.
How Habitat for Humanity has responded
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in more than 1,300 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries.
What can you do to help?
From now through World Habitat Day, we will be sharing with you ways that you can support Habitat’s work directly.
Until then, please keep these things in mind:
People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.
Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.
Every day, more than 8,000 people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter in partnership with Habitat.
Habitat has helped more than 9.8 million people since our founding in 1976.
• The Solid Ground campaign is a set of advocacy, communications and mobilization activities that will influence norms, policies and practices to improve access to land for shelter for 10 million people. It is a collection of campaigns happening in more than 30 countries around the world to influence land policies and systems at the local, regional, multiregional and global levels.
• Together, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda are a collective blueprint for policymakers, donors and advocates alike and outline the broad contours for sustainable urban development for decades to come. Habitat for Humanity and the Solid Ground campaign applaud commitments made in the New Urban Agenda regarding housing, land and community-led development, but we also recognize implementation is voluntary and not guaranteed. We call on all stakeholders — national governments, local leaders, donors and civil society — to advance implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Fauquier Habitat would like to give a shout out to everyone who helped make our charity golf tournament a great success. Without your support, we could not help build healthy homes and healthy neighborhoods!
Superior Paving Corporation
Bohler Engineering, Inc.
Golden Rule Builders
Union Bank & Trust
Longest Drive: Dawn Arruda & Co.
Putting Contest: Appleton Campbell
Closest to the Pin: Wetland Studies and Solutions
Hole Sponsors: Soils, Inc., and the Wise Family
And a big thanks to all of the teams who came out to play!
B&B Realty Group (Phillip Brown, Chong Yi, Field Springer, Clifford Bohn)
Bohler team (Ryan Yauger, Daniel Hine, Doug Smith)
Century 21 New Milennium team (Tammy Roop, Pam Iten, Dave Bryan, Spencer Bryan)
Fauquier Habitat (Paul Linz, playing on the Bohler team)
Golden Rule, Inc. team (Bill Beals, Jerry Swarzentruber, Kevin Porter, Bill Seay)
Gordan team (Justin Jacobs, Marshall Crown, Anthony Verds, Colin Stiles)
Luck Stone team (John Blekicki, Donny White, Kelly Cordle, Ryan Metheny)
Puffenbarger Insurance team (Jack Mallam, Amelia Stansell, Tucker Holt, Thomas Carter, Jr.)
Richardson team (Fred Richardson, Jr., Robert Teter, Bryant Withrow, Tom Ledford)
Superior Paving team (Steve Barrett, Brandt Benton, Robert Brown)
Steve Crosby’s team (Steve Crosby, Tony Hooper, Len Rogers, Brian Corcoran)
T.A.C. Ceramic Tile team (Keith Scott, Eric Oetjen, Erik Johnson, Royce Jarrendt)
Union Bank & Trust team (Mike Leake, Anthony Bryant, Chris Long, Matt Gravett)
VIKA team (JJ Mashburn, Steve Janoski, Toney Janoskie, Jim Janoskie)
Vollrath team (Tab Vollrath, Steve Crouch, Mark Hyson, Nathan Gilbert)
by Dustin Lape
As a part of our ongoing Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, September’s Community Meeting was held Tuesday, September 5th. We were excited to engage with residents and neighbors to find out what was on their minds and hear their ideas for ways to improve the neighborhood. Everyone provided valuable feedback – from the brightest young minds (yard sale to help raise money for the food pantry – what a great idea!) to the science teacher up the street who offered to provide homework help and tutoring. Even our good neighbors over at Piedmont Environmental Council stopped by to listen and think about ways to get involved to help broaden the neighborhood’s vision.
And don’t worry, it wasn’t all just talk – we also had pizza, cookies and drinks to usher in the new school year!
by Dustin Lape, Americorps Vista Volunteer
Community Family Fun Day in the Park was a great success! Hosted by the First Baptist Church and sponsored by the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Warrenton Police Department, this free event was held on August 19 at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton.
Habitat for Humanity set up a booth with a theme of “Every Hand Makes a Difference“. To engage community members, we asked children and adults alike to trace their hand on construction paper and then describe how they make a difference in their community.
Everyone who came was reminded that their neighborhood is a better place because of them. Hopefully, we’ll inspire everyone to continue to ask, “How can I make my community better, today?”
There was more fun for all ages, too — free food, games, an ice cream truck, and not one but TWO bouncy houses for the kids…and even a carnival ride for anyone young enough to go a little spin-crazy!
Attendees also engaged in a bit of dancing, including the Wobble! Although we couldn’t get everyone to join in, plenty of residents had a blast wobbling together. Even our VISTA Member Dustin got groovy with it.
Some neighbors having fun doing the Wobble.
Paul Linz (Executive Director) engages with a community member
Our Family Services Manager, Mary Correia, tries her hand at our activity.
The affordable housing crisis is hitting rural, urban and suburban communities alike, as well as people of all ethnicities, cultures and faiths. More than 7 million extremely low-income families do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The Hill reports that “the problem is systemic and is reaching almost epidemic proportions. Rents are soaring in every state and community at the same time when most Americans haven’t seen enough of an increase in their paychecks.”
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development:
- Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
- An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing.
- A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.
Habitat for Humanity is one organization that works to create affordable housing for families around the world. We build. We repair and rehabilitate. We advocate for vital resources to build homes and improve communities. We partner with families to improve — and stabilize — their housing conditions.
Since 1976, Habitat has helped 9.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Additional Solutions – Granny Pods!
Increasingly, more organizations, government entities and individuals are searching for affordable housing solutions for the millions of families in need. That’s why we love this story about the influx of Granny Pods in Portland, Oregon:
by Dustin Lape
Fauquier Habitat hosted an Ice Cream Social and community meeting on August 1 in Eva Walker Park as part of its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and to encourage resident participation in National Night Out.
Paul Linz (Executive Director) served up the scoops, along with Tom Bartkiewicz (Board Member), Mary Correia (Family Services Manager) and Dustin Lape (VISTA Member/Habitat volunteer). We had all kind–vanilla, chocolate, cherry, and caramel–as well as Italian ice for a non-dairy option. And we didn’t forget the sprinkles, fudge and whipped cream!
We were blessed enough to serve almost 40 residents. And, of course, some came back for seconds! The biggest surprise of all: two puppies and a dog joined us for the fun!
The meeting was also a success as we discussed issues of importance to the community, including neighborhood safety and possible upcoming events.
Thanks to all who came out! And double thanks to those who helped support this fun event!
Jo Quinn is a senior who attends both Mountain Vista Governor’s School and Fauquier High School. She is interning with Fauquier Habitat to fulfill her capstone experience at Mountain Vista.
Jo Quinn’s focus is starting a Habitat chapter at Fauquier High School this fall. In addition to recruiting student members for the group, Jo Quinn is developing ideas for fun projects and fundraising events.The students’ efforts will help support Fauquier Habitat’s programs to provide safe and affordable homes for disadvantaged community members.
Welcome, Jo Quinn!