Improving Neighborhoods, Improving Lives
Most people don't know that Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County does much more than new home construction. In addition to building homes, we build communities through Neighborhood Revitalization.
Sometimes the dynamics of neighborhoods have to change in order for families to succeed.
In 2012, Habitat Waukesha expanded our focus to neighborhood revitalization. By developing multiple homes in a neighborhood, we create safe, stable communities. Families put down roots and become invested in the community where they will live for years to come.
This year, Habitat Waukesha began the process of revitalizing the strip of White Rock Avenue between Frame Park and Downtown Waukesha. There are currently 32 residential properties along this stretch, many of which are close to 100 years old and are not well maintained. Several lots have sat vacant for years. Habitat Waukesha will change the look and appeal of this area by transforming at least 10 properties into new or rehabbed owner-occupied homes.
While we continue to build single family homes throughout Waukesha County, the White Rock project is part of our holistic neighborhood revitalization strategy that seeks to create a long lasting impact in the City of Waukesha. The entire community will be impacted as more affordable housing is made available. Home values will increase and downtown businesses will see a positive impact as well. Most importantly, the 10 habitat families will experience strength, stability, and self-reliance as they become homeowners.
Together, future Habitat homeowners, volunteers, local partners, and Habitat Waukesha can change the face of neighborhoods and the lives of the families who live there. Visit us on Facebook and follow our progress on White Rock Avenue.
Over the next two years, Habitat Waukesha partner families will help us build or rehab at least 10 properties in the "Gateway to Downtown Waukesha." The houses will match the characteristics of the neighborhood with two stories, pitched roofs, and front porches. The houses will be new but will look like they belong there. Most importantly, ten families will experience stability and self-reliance by becoming homeowners.
Be a part of the project and help make a difference in your community! Donate or sign up to volunteer today!
Habitat removed a blighted property and is building two new homes to transform this quiet street into a lovely little neighborhood.
Bethesda Court Duplex
This duplex was the last home to be completed in the Dunbar Oaks neighborhood revitalization. The site of the former YWCA now houses 14 families, including 35 children. The home was dedicated in February 2017 to homeowners Irene and Brigette.
This 1918 house was in need of a facelift - inside and out! The house had the original electrical wiring and the floor plan was not convienent for the family of five who will be living there. Habitat moved the stairway and added a bedroom to the second floor. The home was dedicated in June 2017 to Josh and Deborah, and their family.