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2011 Hightstown, NJ South Academy Street Reviatalization plan presented by the Millstone Basin Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity

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South academy street revitalization presentation

  1. 1. Habitat for Humanity South Academy Street Revitalization Plan 2011-2014
  2. 2. Millstone Basin Area Habitat for Humanity <ul><li>Our Mission </li></ul><ul><li>To end poverty housing in our six-town catchment area in Mercer and Middlesex Counties. </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization
  3. 3. <ul><li>Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with partner families. </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to paying their mortgage, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their house and the houses of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. </li></ul><ul><li>The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization How Does Habitat Work?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Families in need of decent shelter apply to the Habitat affiliate. </li></ul><ul><li>The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>their level of need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>their willingness to partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>their ability to repay the no-interest loan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>N.J. residency status </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy and neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families. </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization Selecting Partner Families
  5. 5. Holistic Community Revitalization <ul><li>Provide more diverse housing options and provide an upward step for those families ready to move out of Hightstown’s HUD housing </li></ul><ul><li>Help Hightstown reach its affordable housing goal </li></ul><ul><li>Act as a crime deterrent, pushing out criminal activity </li></ul><ul><li>Build relationships across existing organizations and help residents influence decisions that affect their neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>Help stem gentrification, which often results in the informal economic eviction of the lower-income residents because of increased rents, house prices, and property taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Create a de facto neighborhood support system for Habitat partner families </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization The cornerstone of the mission: build a neighborhood , not a house. Our sights are set on improving the general quality of life for those in the revitalization area.
  6. 6. South Academy Street <ul><li>Why Hightstown? </li></ul><ul><li>Identified by the municipal government as a target of redevelopment to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create new opportunities for homeownership in the Borough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate blighted and vacant units to stabilize the neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the number of affordable housing units </li></ul></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization <ul><li>Ordinance 2006-19: An Ordinance amending the Borough’s Redevelopment Plan, as Adopted by Ordinance No. 2004-20 on September 7, 2004. Sub-Area II includes western side of South Academy Street from Rogers Avenue to Railroad Avenue. </li></ul><ul><li>Borough of Hightstown Master Plan Housing Element and Fair Share Plan Amendment, 2008. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Revitalize South Academy Street <ul><li>Land acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>Construction of 8 new homes </li></ul><ul><li>Possible rehabilitation of other homes </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherization program for existing homeowners </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Brush with Kindness” exterior improvements program for existing homeowners </li></ul><ul><li>Other community projects </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization Neighborhood Revitalization Proven Effective: Millstone Basin built 7 homes on Evan Avenue, East Windsor. As a result, the neighborhood has experienced a renaissance. <ul><li>A Brush with Kindness program, <> </li></ul>
  8. 8. South Academy Street Revitalization Redevelopment Target Zone Weatherization & External Revitalization Programs Building zone Hightstown Housing Authority apartments HFH Office N
  9. 9. State of Building Zone, February 2011 Completed HFH House Targeted for new HFH house Existing house Potential rehab Land acquired by HFH Hightstown Housing Authority apartments South Academy Street Revitalization N
  10. 10. Community Partnerships South Academy Street Revitalization
  11. 11. Community Involvement <ul><li>Advisory Panel: community experts who will assist with review of plan materials and provide feedback on an as-needed basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Design Charrette: a collaborative session with the community providing input into the design of the homes’ exteriors and other community issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Open sessions for dialogue with the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings with government officials, faith community, local Housing Authority and Downtown Hightstown business group. </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization
  12. 12. South Academy Street Revitalization Planning Land Acquisition Family Selection Design & Construction Fund Development Family Selection Family Selection Timeline Community Outreach
  13. 13. <ul><li>Volunteers – existing and expansion positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Supervisors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Selection Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Services Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith Relations Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff – expansion positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Crew Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AmeriCorps VISTA member </li></ul></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization Human Resource Needs
  14. 14. South Academy Street Revitalization Revenue Goal Breakdown ITEM COST House construction <ul><ul><li>$900,000 </li></ul></ul>Land acquisition <ul><ul><li>$650,000 </li></ul></ul>Hiring staff <ul><ul><li>$340,000 </li></ul></ul>Weatherization and “A Brush with Kindness” <ul><ul><li>$100,000 </li></ul></ul>Marketing and miscellaneous <ul><ul><li>$10,000 </li></ul></ul>TOTAL (CASH AND IN-KIND) <ul><ul><li>$2 million </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Funding Sources <ul><li>Government grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hightstown COAH funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NJDCA grants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foundation grants </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate underwriting </li></ul><ul><li>Houses of worship </li></ul><ul><li>Individual donors </li></ul><ul><li>Small number of high-profile events </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization
  16. 16. Corporate Challenge Program South Academy Street Revitalization <ul><li>Corporate teams invited to help build and contribute financial support. </li></ul><ul><li>Three levels of participation </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Team </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Supporter </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>Supervised by HFH construction leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Half-day or full day options. </li></ul><ul><li>10 to 20 people. </li></ul>Corporate Team Corporate Supporter Corporate Sponsor Financial Support to HFH none Employees solicit sponsors. Target of $50 per person Corporate underwriting Employee Work Crew Dates one per year, if openings are available one priority date placement per house one or more priority dates per house Invitation for employees to HFH volunteer picnic and house dedication ceremony    Employees invited to sign 2x4s used in construction    Acknowledgement on local HFH Web site    Recognition Gift for the Company   Volunteer Thank You Gifts   Listing in local HFH Marketing and PR   Opportunity for participation during house dedication ceremony  Breakfast & Lunch provided for work crews  Logo on Work Site Sign  Invitations to other local HFH events 
  17. 17. <ul><li>Partnering with at least 12 houses of worship from the local area to construct a “Faith Built” house </li></ul><ul><li>Faith communities bring to the partnership: funding, volunteers, spiritual presence </li></ul><ul><li>Windsor Hightstown Area Ministerium (WHAM) and its member churches and synagogues </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping into 30+ houses of worship in our catchment area </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization Build on Faith Program
  18. 18. <ul><li>General Inquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Ph: (609) 443-8744 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization Thank You Location 120 Main Street Hightstown, NJ 08520 Millstone Basin Area Habitat for Humanity Mailing Address P.O. Box 120 Cranbury, NJ 08512 Contacts Anthony Infosino, Board President [email_address] Tara Roche, Revitalization Committee Chair [email_address] Glenn Fannick, Revitalization Committee [email_address] Website
  19. 19. <ul><li>Habitat for Humanity International Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, 2010. Retrieved from < >. </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity works with AmeriCorps VISTA . 2011. Retrieved from < >. </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat for Humanity. A Brush with Kindness program . 2011. Retrieved from < >. </li></ul><ul><li>Hightstown Borough. Ordinance 2006-19 to amend Borough’s Redevelopment Plan, as Adopted by Ordinance No. 2004-20 on September 7, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Borough of Hightstown Master Plan Housing Element and Fair Share Plan Amendment, 2008. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Report and Quick Facts. Retrieved from < >. </li></ul>South Academy Street Revitalization References