At this time, Central Berkshire Habitat is not accepting new Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) applications due to our limited financial and construction capacity. We are grateful for the City of Pittsfield Community Development office for partnering with us for current projects. If you are interested in learning how Habitat can partner with you for a NR project, please consider contacting us in spring 2016.
Please contact the City of Pittsfield Community Development office for more information on home repairs and improvements by clicking here or calling (413) 499-9368.
Volunteers from Bike and Build cleaned, scraped, and repainted Pitt Park with Habitat in June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle.
What is Neighborhood Revitalization (NR)?
Neighborhood Revitalization affiliates such as Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity strive to serve more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, with the mission of empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.
How does NR work?
NR is an asset-based approach to community development. Asset-based community development looks toward a broader understanding of the community's potential assets, an integrated understanding of community associations, and emphasizes home-grown, appropriate and sustainable solutions.
Why is Central Berkshire Habitat involved with NR?
Neighborhood Revitalization allows us to not only build homes, but to also build people and communities. Read about our Building for Tomorrow program on the Neighborhood Revitalization Stories page of Habitat.org here.
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity in the Community
- May 2015: We can together with Westside volunteers, the General Dynamics Naval Oversight team, Women Builders from Guardian Life and Dettinger's Lumber to build a new shed that will support the irrigation system and expansion of the Coolidge Park community garden.
- June 2015: Young adults riding the Maine to Santa Barbara Bike and Build route worked on 2 homes and tidied up Pitt Park.
- October 2015: Habitat is proud to be part of the Pittsfield Working Cities Challenge Coalition, which was awarded $15,000 to design a program to eliminate poverty.
- October 2015: Read about our most recent NR projects, two ramps for families in need of accessibility.
- November 2015: We teamed up with New Life Ministry and the Rotary Club of Pittsfield for a special roof repair on a mobile home in Pittsfield.
Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Goals
- To serve more families through an expanded array of housing products.
- To demonstrate an improved quality of life in the communities where we serve.
- To broaden the base of Habitat's financial support.
- To increase volunteer participation.
The NRI spectrum includes repairs, such as our Brush with Kindness Program (exterior painting and minor repairs); critical home repairs (repairs to alleviate health, life and safety/code issues) and weatherization (improvements in energy efficiency and indoor air quality.)
Central Berkshire Habitat partners with other organizations to make a real difference in the lives of those in our community. Some examples include our partnership with the Berkshire United Way, which helps us provide our VITA Tax Program. The United Way also funds a large part of our Building for Tomorrow Financial Fitness program.
Central Berkshire Habitat is the lead agency for the Berkshire Bridges - Working Cities Pittsfield coalition. We believe that all people in Pittsfield can experience a safe, just, thriving communtiy. The photo below is from our Feedback Community Conversation in March 2016. Click the button to learn more and join our movement!Join the Working Cities Pittsfield Movement
The NR Home Repair Program helps keep families in their existing homes by making small and sometimes critical home improve-ments. Repairs focus on safety, accessibility and exterior maintenance. Although we cannot say yes to every request we receive, if we cannot help you we will at least point you in the right direction.
Repairs that are not within our program capacity:
- Roof and ceiling
- Plumbing and sewer
How do I qualify for the NR Home Repair Program?
- Habitat partners with low-income families for this program. Applicants cannot exceed 60% of the HUD median income. Priority is given to disabled individuals, veterans and the elderly.
- Applicants must own the property.
Community development is another big part of Neighborhood Revitalization. Habitat's core principals of community development:
- Work in a distinct, definable community.
- Assume a humble, listening posture in the community.
- Respect and honor those who speak on behalf of the community.
- Assume an asset-based approach to working with the community.
- Recognize than housing is one component of a revitalization strategy, contextualized to the community.
- Offer a range of housing products and services to contribute to the community's aspirations.
- Make a multiyear commitment.
- Commit to a process of monitoring and evaluation for accountability.