HARVEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH via Crowdrise
October 28, 2014
Harvest Christian Church is the catalyst behind Build It Detroit which is bringing renewal to the Five Points neighborhood in Northwest Detroit!
We are, in essense, creating a "City in a City." How will we do this? We will create thriving vibrant communities starting in our corner of Northwest Detroit by engaging the community, living lives of integrity, learning continuous responsibility, expressing undying compassion, encouraging joy filled life, all tied in with strong education.
The number of families in need only continues to grow. We cannot achieve our goal of neighborhood stability and safety without help. Our main focus is currently on the 10 homes that need to be rehabbed/repaired at the cost of $20,000 - $40,000 each. We are also holding 3 homes that need to be demolished.
Our neighborhood has seen a rapid decline over the last decade. The community is riddled with burned out homes, vacant properties and trash filled properties. Families have been given false hope by speculators and bottom feeders by selling them homes that have no furnaces, no plumbing, no electrical wiring, broken windows, and sometimes burned out rooms.
In the immediate community of 184 properties, over 120 of those properties are in distress. Many owners are unable to pay property taxes. Numerous families are living in dangerous and untenable situations.
HCC & Build It Detroit (BID) purchased 13 of these homes last year to begin combating the blight and speculation. One of these homes in particular contained a family living in exceptionally deplorable conditions.
- No furnace or hot water and intermittent electricity during a winter where temperatures had been sustained below freezing for weeks on end.
- Holes in the floor allowed a view right into a continuously wet basement.
- Hazards included mold on the walls in the bedrooms and peeling paint
- All while a family with children were living there.
Immediately after acquiring the home, action was applied to the greatest needs (hot water, furnace, seal up windows, doors, repair the bathroom, wash and paint walls, stop the water from coming into the basement). Help was given to the family with finding a great school for their children, and providing odd jobs for the father on some of the other properties while he works to obtain a full time job.
Compassion and Life
Beyond fixing up one home at a time, our plan includes reestablishing unity in this community by constructing a recreation center. We can hear the laughter, the squeaking of the shoes on the basketball court, the banging of weights in the gym, the clicking of keyboards in the computer lab, and the smell of hot cocoa coming from the café. It will become a place that brings LIFE to the people.
We are creating the experience of a small city within the City of Detroit (City in a City) where neighbors will be able to help one another meet needs through community gardens, job and technical training, sports recreation, and places to improve the mind and body.
Will you help us accelerate rebuilding homes and laying plans for constructing a community recreation center?
Thank you in advance for your generous support!