Habitat for Humanity Partners with Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana for Demolition, Ceremony for New Habitat Home Site
November 15, 2018, Baton Rouge, LA – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has joined forces with the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana to highlight efforts to eliminate blighted properties and to help revitalize the Richmond Park Subdivision. A ceremony and demolition were held on Thursday, November 15th where a new Habitat home is scheduled to be built in the subdivision in the spring.
Rev. Rene’ F. Brown, pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church and president of the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana, spoke of the importance of the partnership with Habitat. “We’re turning this house from blight to a blessing,” he said. The demolition began on a blighted property in preparation for a new Habitat home. Construction of the home will begin on February 16, 2019 and will continue Wednesdays and Saturdays for the following eight weeks.
“Habitat is about more than the individual families we serve; our mission includes a broader concept of community development,” stated Lynn Clark, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. “Our partnership with the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana will allow us to be a part of the revitalization efforts in Richmond Park Subdivision, which has seen little renovation or construction over the years. We’re not just tearing down a house; we are building a home and making a transformative impact in this neighborhood.”
Two Habitat homes are currently under construction in the subdivision in addition to the 4th District Baptist Build planned for the spring. And, Habitat plans to build on five additional lots within the subdivision. Building quality, affordable homes benefits the entire neighborhood through increased property values and the elimination of vacant and blighted properties.
In its 29-year history, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has built 353 homes, providing a $13.4 million annual economic impact to our community. Habitat homeowner partners work alongside volunteers to build their home – it’s truly their sweat equity, their own investment into their future.
There are many benefits to creating new homeowners in low-income communities. The stability of homeownership allows families to improve their lives as well as their neighborhoods, through continuing education, better paying jobs and the accumulation of assets. Additionally, Habitat builds involve approximately 8,000 volunteers every year, who donate more than 48,000 hours of service – bringing all areas of the community together.