Nine Families Selected for Hope Village
After much analysis, number crunching, dialogue and soul-searching, the Family Selection Action Committee narrowed the field of 17 qualified families down to nine for the homes at Hope Village in southeast Fresno. The lots, located at Belgravia and Laval Avenues, contain nine contiguous in-fill lots suitable for three, four, and five bedroom homes. Our tremendous partner, the City of Fresno, has provided $845K in support to ensure this needed development comes to fruition!
The selected families were approved by the Board of Directors on March 27 and will be informed of their selection on April 5 at the lots.
Hope Village is just over one mile away from the Little Long Cheng subdivision that we completed in 2013. Our hope is that this project will make a positive impact on the community by offering new, high-quality, affordable housing in a blighted neighborhood. We believe these homes and these families will have a strong and positive ripple effect throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.
Habitat International Recognizes Fresno
We have received the exciting news that Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Office for Habitat for Humanity International, will be speaking at the Capacity Building Conference in early April and will recognize Fresno’s successful NRI program, which is spearheaded by Sabrina Kelley.
In his speech, Mr. Reckford pointed out that a staff person dedicated to this focused effort is crucial for success. Having a designated NRI coordinator has helped Habitat Fresno to connect with many more people and organizations in the community and to tap into new funding sources.
Mr. Reckford said, “The affiliate has realized amazing success in lifting up the entire community. For example, they have engaged youth to rehabilitate a community center, to build and maintain community gardens, to rehabilitate sections of the Orange Center School and to engage the entire community in several neighborhood clean-ups.”
He continued, “One of the most important neighborhood improvements has been the creation of Green Carts, which supply fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents who live miles from any supermarket. In addition, a new playground is being built to give children a safe, clean place to play.”
Kudos Sabrina and Phaxi for keeping us on HFHI’s radar!