Neighborhood Revitalization Target Area: Woodland Heights
Habitat staff, board, and the NR committee recognized several neighborhood assets that led to naming Woodland Heights as the targeted area for Neighborhood Revitalization. Woodland Heights is a neighborhood located in the northwest corner of Springfield, Missouri in Zone 1.
Woodland Heights has an active neighborhood association with several motivated resident leaders. Several community assets are Lafayette Park, Reed Middle School, Bowerman Elementary School, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield Dream Center, Victory Mission, and the Moon City Creative District. The community has several collective action programs to engage the neighborhood, including, Dirt Days, Moon City Pole Painting, and Summer Solstice Art Fair.
Through NR, Habitat for Humanity will continue to provide home building and home repair services, in addition to building partnerships with churches, schools, nonprofits, civic groups and businesses. Through this collective action we can provide an array of services that address the neighborhood goals; Beautification, Health and Safety, Housing, Community.
Woodland Heights Statistics:
- Population: 4,099
- Total Housing Units: 1,936
- Vacant Housing Units: 15%
- Owner Occupied Homes: 53%
- Median Home Value: $80,730
- Median Income: $25,290
- Individuals below poverty level: 39%
- Families below poverty level: 35
Current Neighborhood Needs:
- Assistance with the community garden at Reed Elementary School.
- Removal of dangerous buildings.
- Sponsorship for neighborhood events.
- Sidewalk repairs for brick and cement.
- Alley maintenance.
To find out more about how you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock the Block – June 9, 2018
Join Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO, Thrivent Financial / Kansas/Missouri Region – Thrivent Financial and the greater faith community to make an impact in Woodland Heights Neighborhood! Together we will Rock the Block completing home repair projects ranging from yard cleanups, to painting and minor exterior repairs. 100 volunteers from the faith community are needed to be the driving force of this event! If you would like to join us as we put God’s love into action, please contact Aaron Norrick at 417-829-4001 ext. 112.
Woodland Heights residents and volunteers gathered for Moon City Art Takeover on the warehouse foundation at the intersection of Lyon and Chase streets. Victory Mission, a great partner in Neighborhood Revitalization, allowed artists from Moon City Creative District to transform a concrete canvas into colorful images from nature.
- As part of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO‘s Neighborhood Revitalization, volunteers from CoxHealth& Thrivent Financial/Greater Ozarks Associates – Thrivent Financial cleaned up Jefferson Ave. in the Woodland Heights Neighborhood. With the help of 100+ volunteers, Habitat for Humanity completed 14 A Brush with Kindness projects including mowing, trimming bushes, hauling away yard waste and more, and 3 Critical Home Repair projects for Woodland Heights residents. The event impacted 38 individuals in 4 hours!
- Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO launched its Neighborhood Revitalization program in Woodland Heights with a Rally in the Alley on Saturday, July 16, 2016. During the Rally in the Alley 75 volunteers from The Courageous Church worked alongside Habitat’s construction team and 25 residents of Woodland Heights removing debris and yard waste from alleys in the neighborhood. The event impacted 300 homes in the Woodland Heights neighborhood in 5 hours!
You can help transform Woodland Heights into a neighborhood where people want to live, work and play. Contact Kelsey Milholland, Community Development Associate 417-829-4001 x 116, to find out more about Neighborhood Revitalization.