At Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on building and repairing homes in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing.
However, we know that four walls and a roof overhead are not the only things that define ‘home.’ Neighborhoods equally play an essential part in providing residents with the tools they need to build home.
In the spring of 2018, the Brewerytown Sharswood Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) agreed to co-convene the Brewerytown Sharswood Neighborhood Coalition with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Habitat Philadelphia’s neighborhood revitalization work is part of 10 Habitat-piloted cohorts across the US. This model ensures that Sharswood resident leaders are the guiding force in decision-making and building upon community assets.
Since forming, the Brewerytown Sharswood Neighborhood Coalition has grown to 80 members and consists of four resident-led action groups that set goals and ignite growth through resident-identified work. These action groups are: Public Realm, Advocacy, Engagement & Outreach, and Youth & Education. Habitat Philadelphia’s role is to support residents in these subject areas with our tools and capacity.