Community One is pleased to announce the groundbreaking celebration of the Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project on Thursday, July 28. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and will include a groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Executive Directors of Community One, HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. The public is invited to attend.
The Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project is an exciting initiative of the newly-formed collaborative group called HOUSE (Housing Organizations United Serving Evansville). The project combines the unique resources and capabilities of local housing organizations working together to remove blight and develop new affordable housing through a combination of new housing construction and the renovation of existing vacant housing.
"The Mary Street project is a great example of what can be done when we work together. This project showcases how the City of Evansville, private housing agencies, and community funders can all work together to have a significant impact in the effort to remove blight and restore decent, affordable housing inthe Jacobsville neighborhood and all over our city. This is collaboration at its very best." said Eric Cummings, Executive Director at Community One.
Community One is the sponsoring agency for the project, coordinating the housing agency partnerships, site acquisition, and demolition of the blighted structures. Community One will also be restoring an existing vacant home at the site. HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville will be constructing new affordable homes on the site once the existing blighted homes are removed.
Kelley Coures, Executive Director of Evansville's Department of Metropolitan Development, added "This project is a great example of public and private partnership in re-purposing blighted properties for new housing in Evansville. We anticipate more projects like this thanks to collaborative groups like HOUSE and the development of the Evansville Land Bank."