Neighborhood Revitalization Myth Buster:
Myth: Neighborhood revitalization is mission creep for Habitat.
Truth: Neighborhood revitalization helps fulfill Habitat’s mission: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Hab-itat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Habitat has excelled at the home and hope aspects of this mission. Through neighborhood revitalization, the ministry also focuses on building communities with an im-proved quality of life, which can include housing, education, health, safety and other outcomes. When Clarence Jordan, Habitat’s spiritual father, was creat-ing partnership housing, the precursor to Habitat for Humanity, he talked about building neighborhoods, not just houses. Jordan’s vision is at the core of neighborhood revitalization, which starts at the grassroots level, with people in the community de-termining the goals for their neighborhood. Habitat partners with residents and other organizations to help the community reach these goals.